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Meaning of tabby

tab•by

Pronunciation: (tab'ē), [key]
— n., pl. adj., v., -bies, -bied, -by•ing.
—n.
  1. a cat with a striped or brindled coat.
  2. a domestic cat, esp. a female one.
  3. a spinster.
  4. a spiteful female gossip or tattler.
  5. See
  6. a watered silk fabric, or any other watered material, as moreen.
—adj.
  1. striped or brindled.
  2. made of or resembling tabby.
—v.t.
  1. to give a wavy or watered appearance to, as silk.

tab•by

Pronunciation: (tab'ē), [key]
— n.
  1. (in the southeastern U.S.) a building material composed of ground oyster shells, lime, and sand, mixed with salt water.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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