bobcat

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noun bob·cat \ˈbäb-ˌkat\

Definition of bobcat

  1. :  a common North American lynx (Lynx rufus) reddish in base color with dark markings

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Origin and Etymology of bobcat

4bob; from the stubby tail


First Known Use: 1864


BOBCAT Defined for English Language Learners

bobcat

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noun bob·cat \ˈbäb-ˌkat\

Definition of bobcat for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of large wild cat that has a short tail and that lives in North America


BOBCAT Defined for Kids

bobcat

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noun bob·cat \ˈbäb-ˌkat\

Definition of bobcat for Students

  1. :  a North American wildcat that is a small rusty brown type of lynx


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