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pig·tail / ˈpigˌtāl/ • n. 1. a braid or gathered hank of hair hanging from the back of the head, or either of a pair at the sides: she had her hair done in pigtails.2. a short length of flexible braided wire connecting a stationary part to a moving part in an electrical device.3. a thin twist of tobacco.DERIVATIVES: pig·tailed adj.