bob·​tail | \ ˈbäb-ˌtāl How to pronounce bobtail (audio) \

Definition of bobtail

1a : a bobbed tail
b : a horse, dog, or cat with a bobbed or very short tail especially : old english sheepdog
2 : something curtailed

Other Words from bobtail

bobtail or bobtailed \ ˈbäb-​ˌtāld How to pronounce bobtail (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bobtail in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That afternoon, members of the convoy drove their bobtail trucks through Black Lives Matter Plaza. Washington Post, 18 Mar. 2022 Voyager 1 was transmitting data on the interstellar medium at a speed of about 160 bps, and 128 baby bobtail squid were sent to the International Space Station. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 20 July 2021 The baby Hawaiian bobtail squid were raised at the University of Hawaii’s Kewalo Marine Laboratory and were blasted into space earlier this month on a SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 23 June 2021 Along for the ride are 5,000 tardigrades, also known as water bears, and 128 baby glow-in-the-dark bobtail squid. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 3 June 2021 Some of the examples of trucks the association believes could traverse through the Wallace Tunnel and avoid the truck bridge include: Single-axle tractors pulling bobtail trailers, dump trucks, mixer trucks, fire trucks and garbage trucks. al, 9 June 2021 The 128 baby bobtail squid will be used as part of research into the effects of spaceflight on the interactions between microbes and animals. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 On Thursday, 128 baby bobtail squid and about 5,000 microscopic animals launched aboard Space X's Falcon 9 rocket on a mission to the ISS. Laura L. Davis, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021 Some 5,000 tardigrades, also known as water bears, and 128 baby glow-in-the-dark bobtail squid will be among the precious cargo heading to the station. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 26 May 2021 See More

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First Known Use of bobtail

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for bobtail

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“Bobtail.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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bob·​tail | \ ˈbäb-ˌtāl How to pronounce bobtail (audio) \

Kids Definition of bobtail

1 : a short tail : a tail cut short
2 : an animal (as a dog) with a short tail

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