American shorthair


: any of a breed of cats with a short thick coat of variable color and pattern that are descended from cats brought to America by European settlers

Word History

First Known Use

1951, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of American shorthair was in 1951

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Cite this Entry

“American shorthair.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2024.

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