pigtail

1. A 12-36" cable extending from a raceway or plugbox allowing fixtures to be circuited without the use of short jumpers normally required with flush mount receptacles.
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2. A phenomenon seen in some multi-cable where the outer jacket becomes separated from the inner conductors due to counter-coiling, the result resembling a loose coiled-cord, as on a telephone handset.

3. Any short length of cable or wire, as often used with multiple wiring devices in an electrical box.

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