Horsetail meaning

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Any of various nonflowering plants of the genus Equisetum, having a jointed hollow stem and narrow, sometimes much reduced leaves.
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A horse's tail.
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Any of the only surviving genus (Equisetum) of a division (Equisetophyta) of plants having hollow, jointed stems, with scalelike leaves at the joints and spores borne in terminal cones; scouring rush.
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A member of a genus, Equisetum, of seedless vascular plants having a jointed hollow stem and narrow, sometimes much reduced leaves. Plants extremely similar to modern horsetails are known from fossils 300 million years old. The horsetails are the last surviving members of the phylum Sphenophyta, which dominated the forests of the Devonian and Carboniferous periods.
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Any of various simple vascular plants, of the family Equisetaceae, that have hollow stems and produce spores.
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A Turkish standard denoting rank.

Commanders were distinguished by the number of horsetails carried before them. The sultan had seven, the grand vizier five, and the pashas three, two, or one.

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