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nounEnglish Regional, Scottish, Northern
With singular or plural concord. Either of two kinds of plant with a cylindrical, often hollow stem, growing especially in wet or marshy places, a horsetail (genus Equisetum, especially E. fluviatile and E. palustre), and a mare's tail, Hippuris vulgaris.
Middle English. From paddock + pipe. In some forms from the genitive of paddock + pipe.
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