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tabby

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noun tab·by \ˈta-bē\

Definition of tabby

plural tabbies

  1. 1a archaic :  a plain silk taffeta especially with moiré finishb :  a plain-woven fabric

  2. 2 [2tabby] a :  a domestic cat with a striped and mottled coatb :  a domestic cat; especially :  a female cat



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Origin of tabby

French tabis, from Middle French atabis, from Medieval Latin attabi, from Arabic ʽattābī, from Al-ʽAttābīya, quarter in Baghdad


First Known Use: 1638

Rhymes with tabby


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tabby

adjective tab·by

Definition of tabby

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or made of tabby <a tabby vest>

  2. 2 :  striped and mottled with darker color :  brindled <a tabby cat>



1640

First Known Use of tabby

1640


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tabby

noun tab·by

Definition of tabby

  1. :  a cement made of lime, sand or gravel, and oyster shells and used chiefly along the coast of Georgia and South Carolina in the 17th and 18th centuries



Origin of tabby

Gullah tabi, ultimately from Spanish tapia adobe wall


First Known Use: 1775



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