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bob·​cat ˈbäb-ˌkat How to pronounce bobcat (audio)
: a common North American lynx (Lynx rufus) reddish in base color with dark markings

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used for a small 4-wheeled or tracklaying work vehicle (as for excavating or for lifting and moving loads)

Examples of bobcat in a Sentence

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The site is a source of water for deer, javelina, coyote and bobcat. Jack Armstrong, The Arizona Republic, 26 June 2024 The lead author on the bill, Sen. Scott Baldwin, R-Noblesville, said the goal is to prevent the population of bobcats from growing to the detriment of other species. Sarah Bowman, The Indianapolis Star, 12 June 2024 These include efforts to cull mice in favor of albatrosses, rats in favor of puffins, and pythons in favor of bobcats. The New Yorker, 12 June 2024 The large snakes have put a huge dent in regional populations of raccoons, opossums, and bobcats in the Everglades, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report. Katie Hill, Outdoor Life, 12 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for bobcat 

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Word History



bob entry 4; from the stubby tail

First Known Use


1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bobcat was in 1859

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“Bobcat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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bob·​cat ˈbäb-ˌkat How to pronounce bobcat (audio)
: a common usually rusty-colored North American lynx with dark spots

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