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/ ˈbɒbˌkæt /
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noun, plural bob·cats, (especially collectively) bob·cat.

a North American wildcat, Lynx rufus, ranging from southern Canada to central Mexico, having a brownish coat with black spots.



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Also called bay lynx.

Origin of bobcat

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90; bob(tail) + cat
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British Dictionary definitions for bobcat

/ (ˈbɒbˌkæt) /


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