bobtail

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bobtail

a short tail, either natural or docked. Seen naturally in some species, e.g. bobcat, and some dog breeds, e.g. Schipperke and Old English sheepdog.

bobtail disease
loss of the long hairs of the mane and tail in chronic selenium poisoning in horses. Other signs are emaciation, poor haircoat and defects of hoof growth.
References in classic literature ?
A third-rate sun, with its rag tag and bobtail of insignificant satellites, we float under the same daily conditions towards some unknown end, some squalid catastrophe which will overwhelm us at the ultimate confines of space, where we are swept over an etheric Niagara or dashed upon some unthinkable Labrador.
Michael, who had followed in at her invitation, betrayed a ridiculously swollen nose as he sniffed noses with Jerry, wagged his bobtail to Harley in greeting, and was greeted in turn with a blissful hand laid on his head.
TerraVest said the acquisition of Fischer enhances its position in the North American propane industry, providing customers with full scope services including the manufacturing of domestic propane tanks, large storage vessels, trailers and bobtails as well as the refurbishment of used propane tanks.