bob·​cat | \ˈbäb-ˌkat \

Definition of bobcat 

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

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Sarah Bowman/IndyStar Indiana's bobcats, raccoons, opossums and coyotes might be spared after all. Sarah Bowman, Indianapolis Star, "Bobcats, raccoons and coyotes might be saved, now it's up to the Natural Resources Commission," 10 May 2018 The current bid for a taxidermy bobcat is just $22. Sarah Hauer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Be MKE: Restaurants to try before they close and the Manitowoc Minute guy introduces fashion line," 21 Mar. 2018 The bobcat lunged at the man, tearing at his left arm. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Bisbee man suffers 'significant' injuries after bobcat attack," 24 June 2018 Your North American bobcat can weigh around 20 pounds. John Kass,, "Listen to the tales of Southern women and killer cats: The life you save may be your own," 21 June 2018 Motion-sensor cameras have captured families of bobcats, deer and other large mammals in photographs that convey the vitality of Cottonwood Canyon, according to Goto. Sara Cardine,, "Cottonwood Canyon’s acquisition by local conservancy marks big win for wildlife," 14 June 2018 The animal weighed approximately 20 pounds, a smaller size than bobcats usually spotted in Cochise County, officials said. Kimberly Rapanut, azcentral, "Officials euthanize bobcat that attacked Bisbee man," 25 June 2018 Stars of the park include the big cats (bobcats, lynx, and cougar), roly-poly black bears, and moose that munch all manner of browse, unperturbed by squealing youngsters. Patricia Harris And David Lyon,, "Goin’ up the country: The rustic appeal of Maine’s Route 26," 21 June 2018 The dead bobcat, killed with a knife, eventually tested positive for rabies. Author: Kyle Swenson, Anchorage Daily News, "‘It was either me or the cat’: Georgia woman kills rabid bobcat with her bare hands," 18 June 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of bobcat

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

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