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cattail (n.)

also cat-tail, cat's tail, type of tall, reed-like aquatic plant, mid-15c., from cat (n.) + tail (n.). So called for its long, cylindrical, furry spikes.

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Definitions of cattail

cattail (n.)
tall erect herbs with sword-shaped leaves; cosmopolitan in fresh and salt marshes;
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