Estate in tail, a limited, abridged, or reduced fee; an estate limited to certain heirs, and from which the other heirs are precluded; — called also estate tail. Blackstone.

(Tail), a. (Law) Limited; abridged; reduced; curtailed; as, estate tail.

(Tail), n. [AS. tægel, tægl; akin to G. zagel, Icel. tagl, Sw. tagel, Goth. tagl hair. &radic59.]

1. (Zoöl.) The terminal, and usually flexible, posterior appendage of an animal.

The tail of mammals and reptiles contains a series of movable vertebræ, and is covered with flesh and hairs or scales like those of other parts of the body. The tail of existing birds consists of several more or less consolidated vertebræ which supports a fanlike group of quills to which the term tail is more particularly applied. The tail of fishes consists of the tapering hind portion of the body ending in a caudal fin. The term tail is sometimes applied to the entire abdomen of a crustacean or insect, and sometimes to the terminal piece or pygidium alone.

2. Any long, flexible terminal appendage; whatever resembles, in shape or position, the tail of an animal, as a catkin.

Doretus writes a great praise of the distilled waters of those tails that hang on willow trees.

3. Hence, the back, last, lower, or inferior part of anything, — as opposed to the head, or the superior part.

The Lord will make thee the head, and not the tail.
Deut. xxviii. 13.

4. A train or company of attendants; a retinue.

"Ah," said he, "if you saw but the chief with his tail on."
Sir W. Scott.

(Tag"sore`) n. (Far.) Adhesion of the tail of a sheep to the wool from excoriation produced by contact with the feces; — called also tagbelt. [Obs.]

(Tag"tail`) n.

1. A worm which has its tail conspicuously colored.

2. A person who attaches himself to another against the will of the latter; a hanger-on.

(Tag"u*an) n. [From the native name in the East Indies.] (Zoöl.) A large flying squirrel (Pteromys petuarista). Its body becomes two feet long, with a large bushy tail nearly as long.

(Ta`gui*ca"ti) n. [From the native name.] (Zoöl.) The white-lipped peccary.

(Ta"ha) n. The African rufous-necked weaver bird

(Ta*ha"leb) n. [From the native name.] (Zoöl.) A fox (Vulpes Niloticus) of Northern Africa.

(Ta*hi"ti*an) a. Of or pertaining to Tahiti, an island in the Pacific Ocean.n. A native inhabitant of Tahiti.

(Tahr) n. (Zoöl.) Same as Thar.

(Tail) n. [F. taille a cutting. See Entail, Tally.] (Law) Limitation; abridgment. Burrill.

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