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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Similar encounters occur in Bay Area parks, where hikers see bobcats wait, pounce and nab rabbits, or red-tailed hawks circle, hover and plunge to pluck a ground squirrel. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Orcas’ attack on gray whale shows the unfortunate side of nature," 22 Apr. 2018 The conversation earlier had been about black bears and bobcats, but this was something else: a persimmon tree loaded with fruit. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "Introducing Blackberry Mountain, the Idyllic New Resort from Blackberry Farm," 11 Feb. 2019 At the coming San Francisco SPCA 150th anniversary gala — on April 18 at City Hall — Leno will receive the SF SPCA Impact Award for his work on legislation, for instance, that bans the use of dogs to chase and harass bears and bobcats. Leah Garchik, San Francisco Chronicle, "City going to the dogs? Let us count the ways," 3 Apr. 2018 For the next phase of the research, the team collected severed cat tongues from six different species: a domestic cat, a bobcat, a cougar, a snow leopard, a tiger, and a lion. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Science says your cat’s tongue is ideally suited for grooming fur," 28 Dec. 2018 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

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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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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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