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bobtail

[ bob-teyl ]
/ ˈbɒbˌteɪl /
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noun

a short or docked tail.
an animal with such a tail.

adjective

Also bobtailed . having a bobtail.
cut short; docked; cropped.
shorter or briefer than usual; abbreviated: Several legislative items must be dropped from the current bobtail session of Congress.

verb (used with object)

to cut short the tail of; dock, often by cutting a muscle in a horse's tail to make it stand erect.

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Origin of bobtail

First recorded in 1535–45; bob2 + tail1
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British Dictionary definitions for bobtail

bobtail
/ (ˈbɒbˌteɪl) /

noun

a docked or diminutive tail
an animal with such a tail

adjective Also: bobtailed

having the tail cut short

verb (tr)

to dock the tail of
to cut short; curtail

Word Origin for bobtail

C16: from bob ² + tail 1
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