curtal

adjective
cur·​tal | \ ˈkər-tᵊl How to pronounce curtal (audio) \

Definition of curtal

1 obsolete : having a docked tail
2 obsolete : brief, curtailed
3 archaic : wearing a short frock

First Known Use of curtal

1576, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for curtal

Middle French courtault, from court short, from Latin curtus

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“Curtal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/curtal. Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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