The tail is the section at the rear end of an animal's body; in general, the term refers to a distinct, flexible appendage to the torso. It is the part of the body that corresponds roughly to the sacrum and coccyx in mammals, reptiles, and birds. While tails are primarily a feature of vertebrates, some invertebrates including scorpions and springtails, as well as snails and slugs, have tail-like appendages that are sometimes referred to as tails. Tailed objects are sometimes referred to as "caudate" and the part of the body associated with or proximal to the tail are given the adjective "caudal".

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  1. The caudal appendage of an animal that is attached to its posterior and near the anus.
    Most primates have a tail, and even early humans did.
  2. The tail-end of an object, e.g. the rear of an aircraft's fuselage, containing the tailfin.
  3. An object or part of an object resembling a tail in shape, such as the thongs on a cat-o'-nine-tails.
  4. The rear structure of an aircraft, the empennage
  5. Specifically, the visible stream of dust and gases blown from a comet by the solar wind.
  6. The latter part of a time period or event, or (collectively) persons or objects represented in this part.
  7. The part of a distribution most distant from the mode; as, a long tail.
  8. One who surreptitiously follows another.
  9. The last four or five batsmen in the batting order, usually specialist bowlers.
  10. The lower loop of the letters in the Roman alphabet, as in g, q or y.
  11. The side of a coin not bearing the head; normally the side on which the monetary value of the coin is indicated; the reverse.
  12. All the last terms of a sequence, from some term on.
    A sequence <math>(a_n)</math> is said to be frequently <math>0</math> if every tail of the sequence contains <math>0</math>.
  13. The buttocks or backside.
  14. The male member of a person or animal.
    ''After the burly macho nudists' polar bear dip, their tails were spectacularly shrunk, so they looked like an immature kid's innocent tail
  15. Sexual intercourse.
    I'm gonna get me some tail tonight.
  16. the stern; the back of the kayak.
  17. limitation of inheritance to certain heirs.
    tail male limitation to male heirs
    in tail subject to such a limitation
  18. The back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything.
  19. A train or company of attendants; a retinue.
  20. The distal tendon of a muscle.
  21. A downy or feathery appendage of certain achens, formed of the permanent elongated style.
  22. A portion of an incision, at its beginning or end, which does not go through the whole thickness of the skin, and is more painful than a complete incision; called also tailing.
  23. One of the strips at the end of a bandage formed by splitting the bandage one or more times.
  24. A rope spliced to the strap of a block, by which it may be lashed to anything.
  25. The part of a note which runs perpendicularly upward or downward from the head; the stem.
  26. A tailing.
  27. The bottom or lower portion of a member or part such as a slate or tile.


  1. To follow and observe surreptitiously.
    Tail that car!
  2. To hold by the end; said of a timber when it rests upon a wall or other support; with in or into
  3. To swing with the stern in a certain direction; said of a vessel at anchor.
    This vessel tails downstream.
  4. To follow or hang to, like a tail; to be attached closely to, as that which can not be evaded.
  5. To pull or draw by the tail.


  1. Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed.
    estate tail

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