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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Horsetail  \Horse"tail`\,  n. 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  leafless  plant,  with  hollow  and  rushlike  stems. 
  It  is  of  the  genus  {Equisetum},  and  is  allied  to  the 
  ferns.  See  Illust.  of  {Equisetum}. 
 
  2.  A  Turkish  standard,  denoting  rank. 
 
  Note:  Commanders  are  distinguished  by  the  number  of 
  horsetails  carried  before  them  Thus  the  sultan  has 
  seven  the  grand  vizier  five  and  the  pashas  three 
  two  or  one 
 
  {Shrubby  horsetail}.  (Bot.)  See  {Joint-fir}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  horsetail 
  n  :  perennial  rushlike  flowerless  herbs  with  jointed  hollow 
  stems  and  narrow  toothlike  leaves  that  spread  by  creeping 
  rhizomes;  tend  to  become  weedy;  common  in  northern 
  hemisphere;  some  in  Africa  and  South  America 




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