Definition of bobcat in English:

bobcat

Syllabification: bob·cat
Pronunciation: /ˈbäbˌkat
 
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noun

  • A small North American cat species with a barred and spotted coat and a short tail.
    • Lynx rufus, family Felidae. Compare with lynx
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    • This 137,400-acre expanse supports prairie dogs, coyotes, foxes, black bears, mountain lions, bobcats, elk, mule deer, and over 200 kinds of birds.
    • Black bears, grizzly bears, mountain lions, bobcats, and wolves have been effectively removed from most U.S. farming areas, leaving coyotes as the top livestock predators.
    • Coyotes, foxes, bears, mountain lions, and bobcats all prey on livestock.

Origin

late 19th century: from bob2 (with reference to its short tail) + cat1.

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