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[pig-teyl] /ˈpɪgˌteɪl/

a braid of hair hanging down the back of the head.
tobacco in a thin, twisted roll.

a bunch of hair or one of two bunches on either side of the face, worn loose or plaited
a twisted roll of tobacco

1680s, “tobacco in a twisted roll,” from pig (n.) + tail (n.). So called from resemblance. Meaning “braid of hair” is from 1753, when it was a fashion among soldiers and sailors. Applied variously to other objects or parts thought to resemble this in appearance.


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