Definition of bobcat in English:


Line breaks: bob¦cat
Pronunciation: /ˈbɒbkat


A small North American lynx with a barred and spotted coat and a short tail.
  • Felis rufus, family Felidae
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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.


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

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