Shape of a rooster's tail.
From rooster + tail, from analogy with the shape of a rooster's feathered tail.
roostertail (plural roostertails)
- A violent fountain or spray, especially one caused by a moving vehicle or boat.
1988, Libby Riddles, Race Across Alaska: First Woman to Win the Iditarod Tells Her Story, ISBN 0811722538, page 21:
- A roostertail of snow kicked up behind me.
roostertail (third-person singular simple present roostertails, present participle roostertailing, simple past and past participle roostertailed)
- To pour like a fountain; to spurt violently.
2005, Pete Watson, “The Prisoner”, in The Heart of the Lion, ISBN 0972661417:
- The red dust of Tanguieta rolling and roostertailing behind us.
- To move rapidly through water, leaving a roostertail wake.
2005, Dave Ames, A Good Life Wasted, ISBN 1592286313, page 197:
- The shiny new aluminum tribal Jet-Boat roostertailed up the river, straight for us, kicking up a wake that rocked our boat hard enough to knock the cards off the cooler.
- To refer to the actual tail of a rooster, "rooster's tail" or "rooster tail" are usually used.