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adjectiveIrish English, Scottish, Northern
Of hair, the coat of an animal, etc.: tangled, matted; long and unkempt. Of a person or animal: having tangled, unkempt hair; shaggy. Compare earlier "tatted", slightly later tauty.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in Robert Burns (1759–1796), poet. Variant of tatted.
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