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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Cat o' nine tails \Cat" o' nine" tails`\, cat-o'-nine-tails
1. a whip used as an instrument of punishment consisting of
nine pieces of knotted line or cord fastened to a handle;
-- formerly used to flog offenders on the bare back; --
called also the cat. It was used in the British Navy to
maintain discipline on board sailing ships.
[WordNet 1.5 +PJC] Catopter
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