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tail in Animals topic

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary Englishtailtail1 /teɪl/ ●●● S2 W3 noun [countable]  1 animalHBAHB the part that sticks out at the back of an animal’s body, and that it can move The dog wagged its tail.white-tailed/long-tailed etc a white-tailed eagle2 ldoce_262.png aircraftTTA the back part of an aircraft3 shirtDC the bottom part of your shirt at the back, that you put inside your trousers4 back part [usually singular]BACK OF something the back or last part of something, especially something that is moving away from you We saw the tail of the procession disappearing round the corner.5 tails6 the tail end of something7 be on somebody’s tail8 follow informalFOLLOW someone who is employed to watch and follow someone, especially a criminalput a tail on somebody (=order someone to follow another person)9 turn tail10 with your tail between your legs11 it’s (a case of) the tail wagging the dog12 chase tailCOLLOCATIONSadjectiveslongSome dinosaurs had long necks and equally long tails.shortIts tail is short and pointed.bushy (=with long thick fur)My cat has a soft bushy tail.a prehensile tail technical (=able to hold things)Many monkeys have prehensile tails.verbsa dog wags its tail/its tail wagsDomino rushed to meet her, tail wagging with excitement.a cow/cat etc swishes its tail (=quickly moves it from side to side)The cow wandered off, swishing her tail.tail + NOUNtail feathersThe bird’s wings and tail feathers were a beautiful purple color.COMMON ERRORSDon’t say ‘wave its tail’ or ‘shake its tail’. Say wag its tail.
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tailLuxurystarved veterans tapped wartime savings to buy record numbers of wraparound windshields and tail fins.It is a conveyance of dreams: chrome, tail fins, pale blue bodywork.Can you think of a sympathetic animal with a hairless tail?Taffy always wags her tail when I come home.Miller noticed that, among the swallows he studied, the longest tails of the males were also the most symmetrical.Andersson tackled the question directly by experimentally altering the tail lengths of the males.When I pedal-turned the tail away from the flames, my door flew open.the tail of a cometThe crews work their tail off and then only get six hours of rest a day.white-tailed/long-tailed etcA male long-tailed widow bird floats across his territory displaying his enormous tail.