From Middle English cattal, cattyle (also as cattestail), equivalent to cat + tail.
- IPA(key): /ˈkæt.teɪl/ A rare example of gemination in English.
cattail (plural cattails)
- Any of several perennial herbs, of the genus Typha, that have long flat leaves, and grow in marshy places
- (herb in Typha): bulrush, reedmace