pigtail

A pigtail is a section of hair tied at the back or sides of a person's head so that it sticks out a little or hangs down. Although pigs only have one, pigtails often come in pairs.

Some people think pigtails and braids are two different hairstyles (and often, a single pony tail to be a third), but others just call them all pigtails. The word, an American invention, originally described a twisted piece of chewing tobacco that was thought to resemble a pig's curly tail. The hairstyle was first called pigtails in the mid-1700s.

Definitions of pigtail
  1. noun
    a plait of braided hair
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    type of:
    braid, plait, tress, twist
    a hairdo formed by braiding or twisting the hair
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