What is tail?

  • (noun): A spy employed to follow someone and report their movements.
    Synonyms: shadow, shadower
    See also — Additional definitions below


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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Some articles on tail:

... Polyadenylation is the addition of a poly(A) tail to an RNA molecule ... The poly(A) tail consists of multiple adenosine monophosphates in other words, it is a stretch of RNA that has only adenine bases ... off by a set of proteins these proteins then synthesize the poly(A) tail at the RNA's 3' end ...
Pin The Tail On The Donkey
... Pin the Tail on the Donkey is a game played by groups of children ... A picture of a donkey with a missing tail is tacked to a wall within easy reach of children ... each child is blindfolded and handed a paper "tail" with a push pin or thumbtack poked through it ...
List Of Galaxies - List of Galaxies
... through the cluster, and is leaving a high density tail with large amounts of star formation ... The tail features the largest amount of star formation outside of a galaxy seen so far ... the appearance of a comet, with the head being the galaxy, and a tail of gas and stars ...
Splash (film) - Production - Mermaid
... The mermaid tail which Daryl Hannah wore was manufactured by Thom Shouse, "the Tail Man", and Mermaid Rentals ... It is fully functional Hannah swam with the mermaid tail so fast that her safety team could not keep pace with her ...

More definitions of "tail":

  • (noun): Any projection that resembles the tail of an animal.
    Synonyms: tail end
  • (noun): The time of the last part of something.
    Example: "The tail of the storm"
    Synonyms: fag end, tail end
  • (noun): The posterior part of the body of a vertebrate especially when elongated and extending beyond the trunk or main part of the body.
  • (verb): Remove the stalk of fruits or berries.
  • (verb): Remove or shorten the tail of an animal.
    Synonyms: dock, bob
  • (noun): (usually plural) the reverse side of a coin that does not bear the representation of a person's head.

Famous quotes containing the word tail:

    Finding a thought for an aphorism is not hard. Putting a kink in its tail is the hard part.
    Mason Cooley (b. 1927)

    Who is going to raise the dog’s tail if he doesn’t do it himself?
    —Estonian. Trans. by Ilse Lehiste (1993)

    The only people who treasure systems are those whom the whole truth evades, who want to catch it by the tail. A system is just like truth’s tail, but the truth is like a lizard. It will leave the tail in your hand and escape; it knows that it will soon grow another tail.
    Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev (1818–1883)