whiptail

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A whiptail (1).

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whip +‎ tail

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whiptail (plural whiptails)

  1. Any of many New World lizards, of the genus Cnemidophorus, that have long, slender tails.
  2. A fish, the blue grenadier, Macruronus novaezelandiae.
    • 2009 September 10, William J. Broad, “From Deep Pacific, Ugly and Tasty, With a Catch”, in New York Times[1]:
      One of the most popular is the hoki, or whiptail, a bug-eyed specimen found far down in the waters around New Zealand and transformed into a major export.
  3. (uncountable) A leaf-distorting disorder in the cauliflower, caused by molybdenum deficiency.
  4. The pretty-faced wallaby.
    • 1977, New Zealand Journal of Zoology (volume 4, number 4, page 409)
      Social status may be less important to red-necked wallabies, which, unlike whiptails, are "essentially solitary" (McEvoy 1970).

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