Definition of Horsetail

1. Noun. Perennial rushlike flowerless herbs with jointed hollow stems and narrow toothlike leaves that spread by creeping rhizomes; tend to become weedy; common in northern hemisphere; some in Africa and South America.

Definition of Horsetail

1. n. A leafless plant, with hollow and rushlike stems. It is of the genus Equisetum, and is allied to the ferns. See Illust. of Equisetum.

Definition of Horsetail

1. Noun. Any of various simple vascular plants, of the family Equisetaceae, that have hollow stems and produce spores. ¹

2. Noun. A Turkish standard denoting rank. ¹

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Medical Definition of Horsetail

1. 1. A leafless plant, with hollow and rushlike stems. It is of the genus Equisetum, and is allied to the ferns. 2. A Turkish standard, denoting rank. Commanders are distinguished by the number of horsetails carried before them. Thus, the sultan has seven, the grand vizier five, and the pashas three, two, or one. Shrubby horsetail. See Joint-fir. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Horsetail

horseshoe kidney
horseshoe map
horseshoe maps
horseshoe placenta
horseshoe sandwich
horseshoe vetch
horseshoe whipsnake
horsetail (current term)
horsetail family
horsetail lichen
horsetail milkweed

Literary usage of Horsetail

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1. Michigan Flora: A List of the Fern and Seed Plants Growing Without Cultivation by William James Beal (1904)
"E. fluviatile L. Swamp horsetail. E. limosum L. In shallow water. Common. Th. 72. ... E. palustre L. Marsh horsetail. Lake Huron to the Arctic Sea. ..."

2. Studien zur Entwicklungsgeschichte des japanischen Riesensalamanders by Charles Stuart Gager, Daniel Lange (1916)
"Equisetum (horsetail) A. Classification: Division IV. ... The field horsetail (E. arvense), is common along railway embankments, roadsides and fields. ..."

3. An Introduction to Structural Botany by Dukinfield Henry Scott (1904)
"In early geological times, especially in the far-off period when the coal-beds were being formed, the horsetail family were in the height of their glory, ..."

4. Handbook of Nature-study for Teachers and Parents: Based on the Cornell by Anna Botsford Comstock (1911)
"... FIELD horsetail Teacher's Story These queer, pale plants grow in sandy or gravelly soil, and since they appear so early in the spring they are objects ..."

5. Nimrod's Wife by Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson (1907)
"AT THE FEAST OF THE DOG DANCE— THE WAY OF ARABELLA horsetail NCE an Indian, always an Indian. No matter how the "Great White Father'' may pinch and pound ..."

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