tabby

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Etymology[edit]

Mid 17th century French atabis, from Arabic [script?] (attabi), ultimately from Arabic [script?] (al-Attabiya), a quarter of Baghdad (named for a Prince عتاب (Attab)) which is associated with the manufacture of a certain type of waved silk. See also taffeta, another type of silk whose name derives from the Persian تافته (tâfta, woven cloth) and shares a similar etymological origin.

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tabby (countable and uncountable, plural tabbies)

  1. (uncountable) A kind of waved silk, usually called watered silk, manufactured like taffeta, but thicker and stronger. The watering is given to it by calendering.
  2. (uncountable) A mixture of lime with shells, gravel, or stones, in equal proportions, with an equal proportion of water. When dry, this becomes as hard as rock.
  3. (countable) A brindled cat.
  4. (countable, archaic) An old maid or gossip.

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tabby (not comparable)

  1. Having a wavy or watered appearance; as, a tabby waistcoat.
  2. Brindled; diversified in color; as, a tabby cat.

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