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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Recent Examples on the Web Seiz then saw the mother bobcat and kittens amid some shrubbery in her backyard, Channel 8 reported. Teri Webster, Dallas News, 23 Aug. 2021 In late January while on pretrial release, Montgomery was also cited and charged for two offenses in connection to illegally hunting a bobcat, according to court records. NBC News, 17 May 2021 Kristi screamed, as a small bobcat lunged and pounced at her back in their driveway. Janine Puhak, Fox News, 20 Apr. 2021 The tiger cub and bobcat seized from a home in southeast Bexar County on Tuesday were found malnourished and poorly cared for, the San Antonio Zoo reported Wednesday. San Antonio Express-News, 18 Mar. 2021 In past years, McCaughan has been called in to track a bear and her cub in Escondido, a mountain lion near Soledad Mountain Road in the North Pacific Beach/La Jolla area and a bobcat living in a residential complex by La Jolla Mesa Drive. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 July 2021 When Bexar County Sheriff's deputies arrived, Coronado showed deputies Goliath, a 5-year-old bobcat, and Dexter, a 15-week-old tiger. Taylor Pettaway, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Apr. 2021 The following clip, of a bobcat kitten and its mother under a bridge along Highway 68 near Salinas, Calif., was part of a similar study. New York Times, 31 May 2021 Since then, Kiawah Island has urged residents to stop using a rat poison, which has been linked to a number of bobcat deaths. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, 20 May 2021

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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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19 Sep 2021

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“Bobcat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Oct. 2021.

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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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