bob·​cat | \ ˈbäb-ˌkat How to pronounce bobcat (audio) \

Definition of bobcat

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

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Examples of bobcat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The city’s app now allows users to, among other things, report a coyote or bobcat sighting, register to volunteer for the water conservation block leader program and commend an officer or city employee. Brandi Addison, Dallas News, "This app from the city of Allen will remind you to take out the trash," 3 Sep. 2020 At one memorable event, a man seated next to Baskin bid on a baby bobcat. Rachel Nuwer, Longreads, "The Strange and Dangerous World of America’s Big Cat People," 10 Mar. 2020 An adult bobcat and a young mountain lion that were part of a study of big cats in the wilderness west of Los Angeles both died after ingesting rat poisons, according to AP News. Maria Sestito, USA TODAY, "In CA: $1.4 billion COVID-19 testing contract could address delays, shortages," 28 Aug. 2020 As Windsong grew, the bobcat terrorized Baskin’s daughter and the family’s German shepherd. Rachel Nuwer, Longreads, "The Strange and Dangerous World of America’s Big Cat People," 10 Mar. 2020 The attacks are similar to an incident late last year in Frisco, where WFAA-TV (Channel 8) reported a young bobcat had been struck in the eye with a similar projectile. Marc Ramirez, Dallas News, "Denton County neighborhood unsettled by dart attacks on local wildlife," 31 July 2020 Don found a guy in Minnesota who agreed to sell them a bobcat kitten. Rachel Nuwer, Longreads, "The Strange and Dangerous World of America’s Big Cat People," 10 Mar. 2020 The video shows foxes, deer, bears and a bobcat wandering the park. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "With Humans Away, Animals in National Parks are Having a Ball," 4 May 2020 Claws bested paws when a scrap with a wandering bobcat earned a dog a trip to the vet in Washington County Saturday. oregonlive, "Backyard bout with bobcat earns Washington County dog a trip to the vet," 26 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of bobcat

1859, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bobcat

bob entry 4; from the stubby tail

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The first known use of bobcat was in 1859

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18 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bobcat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bobcat

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


bob·​cat | \ ˈbäb-ˌkat How to pronounce bobcat (audio) \

Kids Definition of bobcat

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

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