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bobcat

[bob-kat]
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noun, plural bob·cats, (especially collectively) bob·cat.
  1. a North American wildcat, Lynx rufus, ranging from southern Canada to central Mexico, having a brownish coat with black spots.
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Origin of bobcat

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; bob(tail) + cat
Also called bay lynx.
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bobcat

noun
  1. a North American feline mammal, Lynx rufus, closely related to but smaller than the lynx, having reddish-brown fur with dark spots or stripes, tufted ears, and a short tailAlso called: bay lynx
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Word Origin

C19: from bob ² (referring to its short tail) + cat 1
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Word Origin and History for bobcat

n.

North American lynx, 1873, in a Maine context; so called for its short tail; see bob (n.2) + cat (n.).

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