bob·​tail | \ ˈbäb-ˌtāl \

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

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Other Words from bobtail

bobtail or bobtailed \ ˈbäb-​ˌtāld \ adjective

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Hawaiian bobtail squid sleep under the sand all day, coming out to forage at night. National Geographic, "Living Fireworks, These Animals Produce Light Shows with Their Bodies," 30 June 2018 Studies of the squid's giant axon helped spawn modern neuroscience decades ago, and the light organ of the bobtail squid (Euprymna scolopes) powered a revolution in the study of symbiotic host-microbe interactions. Danna Staaf, Science | AAAS, "How to put an octopus to sleep—and make cephalopod research more humane," 4 Apr. 2018

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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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bob·​tail | \ ˈbäb-ˌtāl \

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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