- Archaic. wearing a short frock: a curtal friar.
- Obsolete. brief; curtailed.
- a 16th-century bassoon.
- Obsolete. an animal with a docked tail.
Origin of curtal
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Now I may go in and out as I will, being a curtal friar and not now remembered in these parts.
Curtal, kur′tal, n. a horse with a curt or docked tail: anything docked or cut short.
Item, double trottynge hors, called a curtal, for his lordship to ryde on out of townes.Ten Thousand Wonderful Things
Edmund Fillingham King
Curtal is a small horse; properly one who hath his tail docked or curtailed.
"I am but a poor anchorite, a curtal friar," replied the other, pushing out for his side of the river.
- cut short
- (of friars) wearing a short frock
- an animal whose tail has been docked
- something that is cut short
C16: from Old French courtault animal whose tail has been docked, from court short, from Latin curtus; see curt
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