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bobcat

[ bob-kat ]

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.


bobcat

/ ˈbɒbˌkæt /

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 tail Also calledbay lynx


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Word History and Origins

Origin of bobcat1

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; bob(tail) + cat ( def )
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Word History and Origins

Origin of bobcat1

C19: from bob ² (referring to its short tail) + cat 1
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Example Sentences

Nature lovers flock to these forests to enjoy bird-watching and quiet hikes, with the occasional bobcat or moose sighting.

He’s done this every day since, even when he can only squeeze in a few minutes after long shifts at his job at a warehouse, even when the Santa Ana winds rip up the canyon, and even when the Bobcat Fire crept within miles of the park.

The joint initiative seeks to capture footage of wildlife in the community so that residents in the area can understand more about the animals that they live alongside — including deer, raccoons and wild bobcats.

Though, I still do run the Bobcat from time to time … I swear, my timing has made me the luckiest Marine.

BobcatBy Rebecca Lee For sheer reading pleasure, Bobcat is at the top of my late spring list for first story collections.

I had a bobcat and a threelegged fox that got caught in a trap.

It saved me once when I fought a big bobcat with only a knife.

"I—I killed a bobcat up in the mountains," Stacy Brown informed them, with enthusiasm.

A wounded bobcat is nothing to be laughed at, and we may get some beauty scratches before we can finish him.

Or was it the other bobcat that came around to smell the pelt of his mate, and gave you something of a tussle?

In the United States, what is commonly called a wildcat is really a species of lynx—the bay lynx—often called bobcat.

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