Une queue de renard. A mockery. At one time a common practical joke was to fasten a fox's tail behind a person against whom a laugh was designed. “Panurge never refrained from attaching a fox's tail or the ears of a leveret, behind a Master of Arts or Doctor of Divinity, whenever he encountered them.” —
Cest une petite vipére Qui n'epargneroit pas son père, Et qui par nature ou par art Scait couper la queue au renard.