One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A plant of a genus that comprises the horsetails.
- ‘Horsetails or equisetum can be your nightmare if you have recently laid tarmacadam.’
- ‘Give the child lots of warm herb teas, especially horsetail (equisetum), which cleanses the kidneys.’
- ‘The pond is planted with equisetum, irises, and other water lovers.’
- ‘The chief of these is equisetum, known as marestail or horsetail, a plant which rapidly chokes fields of soya if not controlled.’
Modern Latin, from Latin equus ‘horse’ + saeta ‘bristle’.
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