pigtail n : a braid of hair on either side of the face
- Italian: codino
A pigtail is another name for hair styled into a large braid that extends down or out from the head. In analogy to the ponytail hairstyle and the long, free-flowing tail of a horse, a pigtail is named for the visual resemblance of a thick, irregularly-tensioned hair braid to the kinked tail of a pig. A person's hairstyle may consist of one or more individual pigtails.
In some regional usages of English, pigtails are considered synonymous with a symmetric pair of bunches, regardless of whether each "bunch" is braided or left loose.