Definitions for tabbyˈtæb i

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

tab•byˈtæb i(n.)(pl.)-bies

  1. (n.)a cat with a striped or brindled coat.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses

  2. a domestic cat, esp. a female one.

    Category: Dogs, Cats, and Horses

  3. a watered silk or taffeta.

  4. (adj.)striped or brindled.

  5. made of or resembling tabby.

    Category: Textiles

  6. (v.t.)to give a wavy or watered appearance to, as silk.

    Category: Textiles

Origin of tabby:

1630–40; < F tabis (taken as pl.), MF (a)tabis silk cloth < ML attābi < Ar ‘yattābī, der. of (al-)‘Attābīyah, quarter of Baghdad where the silk was first made, lit., the quarter of (Prince) ‘Attāb

Princeton's WordNet

  1. tabby, tabby cat(noun)

    a cat with a grey or tawny coat mottled with black

  2. tabby, queen(adj)

    female cat

  3. brindled, brindle, brinded, tabby(adj)

    having a grey or brown streak or a pattern or a patchy coloring; used especially of the patterned fur of cats

Wiktionary

  1. tabby(Noun)

    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. tabby(Noun)

    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. tabby(Noun)

    A brindled cat

  4. tabby(Noun)

    An old maid or gossip.

  5. tabby(Adjective)

    Having a wavy or watered appearance; as, a tabby waistcoat.

  6. tabby(Adjective)

    Brindled; diversified in color; as, a tabby cat.

  7. Tabby(ProperNoun)

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Webster Dictionary

  1. Tabby(noun)

    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. Tabby(noun)

    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. Tabby(noun)

    a brindled cat; hence, popularly, any cat

  4. Tabby(noun)

    an old maid or gossip

  5. Tabby(adj)

    having a wavy or watered appearance; as, a tabby waistcoat

  6. Tabby(adj)

    brindled; diversified in color; as, a tabby cat

  7. Tabby(verb)

    to water; to cause to look wavy, by the process of calendering; to calender; as, to tabby silk, mohair, ribbon, etc

Freebase

  1. Tabby

    Tabby is a building material consisting of lime, sand, water, and crushed oyster shells. It was developed and used by English colonists in Charleston, in Beaufort County, and on the Sea Islands of coastal South Carolina, in coastal Georgia, and in northern Florida in the Southern United States. The period of use extended from the Colonial Period into the early 19th century. The labor-intensive process depended on slave labor to crush and burn the oyster shells to supply lime. They were combined with sand and water in wood forms to hold the shape until the material hardened. Tabby was used as a substitute for bricks, which were rare and expensive because of the absence of local clay. Some researchers believe that the name came from the Spanish word, tapia, which means "mud wall", but that English colonists developed their own process independently of the Spanish.


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

tabby(noun)

(alsoˈtabby-cat ) a usually grey or brown cat with darker stripes, especially a female one.

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