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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
oxtail
noun
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▪ Add oxtails, lower heat and cook gently 1 hour, covered.
▪ All the same he had been rather cagey about Ianthe Broome, not saying who it was that had brought the oxtail.
▪ As budgets contract, appetites are expanding for old favourites such as oxtail soup and casseroles.
▪ Broth and water should cover oxtails and peanuts.
▪ Drain oxtails and peanuts, reserving cooking liquid.
▪ I wondered how they would take to steak and kidney pudding, oxtail soup, and plum duff.
▪ If I could have summat to eat, I'd have a big bowl of oxtail soup - all hot and steamy.
▪ Parenti even suggests substituting beef shanks for oxtails; which are bony, like oxtails, but meatier.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
oxtail

Old English oxan tægl; see ox + tail (n.1).

Wiktionary
oxtail

n. a cut of meat taken from the tail of a cow or calf; it requires long, slow braising, and is used to prepare oxtail soup

WordNet
oxtail

n. the skinned tail of cattle; used especially for soups

Wikipedia
Oxtail

Oxtail (occasionally spelled ox tail or ox-tail) is the culinary name for the tail of cattle. Formerly, it referred only to the tail of an ox or steer, a castrated male. An oxtail typically weighs 2 to 4 lbs. (1–1.8 kg) and is skinned and cut into short lengths for sale.

Oxtail is a bony, gelatin-rich meat, which is usually slow-cooked as a stew or braised. It is a traditional stock base for a soup. Although traditional preparations often involve hours of slow cooking, modern methods usually take a shortcut by utilizing a pressure cooker. Oxtail is the main ingredient of the Italian dish coda alla vaccinara. It is a popular flavour for powder, instant and premade canned soups in the United Kingdom and Ireland. Oxtails are also one of the popular bases for Russian aspic appetizer dishes (холодец or студень), along with pig trotters or ears or cow "knees", but are the preferred ingredients among Russian Jews because they can be Kosher.

Versions of oxtail soup are popular traditional dishes in South America, West Africa, China, Spain and Indonesia. In Korean cuisine, a soup made with oxtail is called kkori gomtang ( 꼬리곰탕). It is a thick soup seasoned with salt and eaten with a bowl of rice. It can be used as a stock for making tteokguk ( rice cake soup). Stewed oxtail with butter beans or as main dish (with rice) is popular in Jamaica, Trinidad, and other West Indian cultures. Oxtail is also very popular in South Africa where it is often cooked in a traditional skillet called a potjie, which is a three-legged cast iron pot placed over an open fire. Oxtail is also eaten in other southern parts of Africa like Zimbabwe and served with sadza and greens. In the United States, oxtail is a mainstay in African American and West Indian households. In the Philippines, it is prepared in a peanut based stew called Kare-kare. In Iran, Oxtail is slow-cooked and served as a substitute for shank in a main dish called Baghla-Poli-Mahicheh which is prepared with rice, shank (or oxtail) and a mixture of herbs including dill, coriander, parsley and garlic.

In the United States, oxtail has the meat-cutting classification NAMP 1791.

Usage examples of "oxtail".

Turning to discover its cause, she perceived three great man clad in full war panoply, shields on their left arms, spears in their right hands, black ostrich plumes rising from the polished rings woven in their hair, black moochas about their middles, and black oxtails tied beneath their knees, who marched through the throng of Makalanga as though they saw them not.

This evening they had supped on oxtail soup, summer greens tossed with pecans, grapes, red fennel, and crumbled cheese, hot crab pie, spiced squash, and quails drowned in butter.

I was lucky to get a plate of oxtail soup at Smoothey's, which sold for five cents and was in my class of income.

Garrett had lunch in there every day, often gazpacho and sausage and mash with two glasses of wine and one of mineral water, although in cold weather he had been known to order oxtail soup.

Others remembered the days when 124 was a way station, the place they assembled to catch news, taste oxtail soup, leave their children, cut out a skirt.

As soon as Lady Calliope was carried in and settled at the table, they all set to, starting with oxtail soup.

Nails, boiled for three hours, give off a rusty liquid that, when combined with oxtail soup, dries to a flame color, useful for warding off tuberculosis or attracting native women.

I need firewood, or dried dung if you must, eight oxtails, a basket of wool, and a bucket of rendered fat.

The Untouchables had also painted huge red rings around Joshua’s eyes, fitted him with a ropey wig of oxtails, and affixed to his torso six pert little breasts fashioned from pitch.

The Untouchables had also painted huge red rings around Joshua's eyes, fitted him with a ropey wig of oxtails, and affixed to his torso six pert little breasts fashioned from pitch.

My father's father was once the keeper of the royal hunt but he was a man of great consequence, with two dozen wives, a man who had fought in a dozen wars and killed so many enemies that his shield was as thick with oxtails as there is grass on the hills in springtime.

Then there were the main dishes: fried chicken, chicken and dumplings, chicken pot pie, baked chicken, salmon croquettes, catfish, meat loaf, oxtail stew, smothered pork chops, neck bones and rice, braised turkey legs, Swiss steak, and fried chicken livers and gizzards.

When food grew really short, and the meat ration shrank to a joint of oxtail for six people, Ernie, by some magic, always came to the rescue, turning up at the back door bearing a rabbit, or a couple of mackerel, or a brace of wood pigeon he had shot himself.