Horsetail

Horse"tail`

(?), n. 1. (Bot.) A leafless plant, with hollow and rushlike stems. It is of the genus Equisetum, and is allied to the ferns. See Illust. of Equisetum.
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2. A Turkish standard, denoting rank.
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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.
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Shrubby horsetail. (Bot.) See Joint-fir.
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