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curtal

[kur-tl] /ˈkɜr tl/
adjective
1.
Archaic. wearing a short frock:
a curtal friar.
2.
Obsolete. brief; curtailed.
noun
3.
a 16th-century bassoon.
4.
Obsolete. an animal with a docked tail.
Origin of curtal
1500-1510
1500-10; earlier courtault < Middle French, equivalent to court short (see curt) + -ault, variant of -ald noun suffix; see ribald
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curtal

/ˈkɜːtəl/
adjective
1.
cut short
2.
(of friars) wearing a short frock
noun
3.
an animal whose tail has been docked
4.
something that is cut short
Word Origin
C16: from Old French courtault animal whose tail has been docked, from court short, from Latin curtus; see curt
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