Pet"ti*coat (?), n. Zool. [Petty + coat.]

A loose under-garment worn by women, and covering the body below the waist.

Petticoat government, government by women, whether in politics or domestic affairs. [Colloq.] -- Petticoat pipe Locomotives, a short, flaring pipe surrounding the blast nozzle in the smoke box, to equalize the draft.

 

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