WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
rat-tail  (rattāl′), 
n. 

    Fishgrenadier (def. 4).
Also,rattail′. 
Etymology:1695–1705


Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

rat-tail n
  1. a horse's tail that has no hairs
  2. a horse having such a tail
  3. a style of spoon in which the line of the handle is prolonged in a tapering moulding along the back of the bowl



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