Definition of tabby in English:
noun (plural tabbies)
- There are tabbies and toms in white, black, grey and ginger.
- On my way home I was accosted by a mewing tabby and white shorthair cat that proceeded to follow me home.
- A grey tabby cat with white legs and wearing a red collar with a bell was found in the Hawthorn area of the town over the New Year period.
- Even the most beloved mutt or tabby is deemed virtually worthless: rescued from an animal shelter for a nominal fee, they can be ‘replaced’ at the same expense.
- Cats and dogs run the risk of falling victim to accidents just as much as humans do, and when an operation is required, your adorable little tabby might need an urgent blood transfusion.
- Unfortunately, the odds are less than favourable for this overgrown tabby.
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late 16th century (denoting a kind of silk taffeta, originally striped, later with a watered finish: sense 2 of the noun): from French tabis, based on Arabic al-῾Attābiyya, the name of the quarter of Baghdad where tabby was manufactured.
A striped tabby cat is said to get its name from a kind of silk which was originally striped, although later tabby was used for silk with a watered finish. The word goes back to the name of the quarter of Baghdad where the material was manufactured, al-Attābiyya.
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