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What is etymology for Horsetail ?

In Japan Spring has come. We can see many spring flowers here and there on the streets which are soil or along the river.

Recently I found a Horsetail near my house.

I would like to know etymology of horsetail.

Or should I say what is word origin for housetail

I would like to know why people call it horsetail because I can see there are two words “horse “and “tail “


Mar 12, 2018 12:04 AM
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Horsetail (scientific name -- Equisetum) is a poisonous plant, and when horses occasionally eat it, they get sick. Although it resembles a horse's tail, without that fact people probably didn't name it such.
March 12, 2018
https//en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Equisetum
If eaten over a long enough period of time, some species of horsetail can bepoisonous to grazing animals, includinghorses. The toxicity appears to be due to thiaminase enzymes, which can cause thiamine (vitamin B1) deficiency. This is a citation from wikipedia.

March 12, 2018
Do those people expose it to heating, or eat it fresh? Of course, I assume, that there is another Equisetum species in Japan, not poisonous.
March 12, 2018

Hi Hossein. Thank you for your comment.

I checked it ,  but a little bit difficult for me to get the definition. I would take horsetail means literally “ horse 's tail “ right ?

March 12, 2018

Hi AHTOH.Thank you for your comment.

In Japan people sometimes eat horsetail.

So it means literally look like “horse's tail “

right?

March 12, 2018
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