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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Tabby \Tab"by\, a.
     1. Having a wavy or watered appearance; as, a tabby
        waistcoat. --Pepys.
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     2. Brindled; diversified in color; as, a tabby cat.

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     {Tabby moth} (Zool.), the grease moth. See under {Grease}.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Tabby \Tab"by\ (t[a^]b"b[y^]), n.; pl. {Tabbies}
     (t[a^]b"b[i^]z). [F. tabis (cf. It. tab[`i], Sp. & Pg.
     tab['i], LL. attabi), fr. Ar. 'att[=a]b[imac], properly the
     name of a quarter of Bagdad where it was made, the quarter
     being named from the prince Attab, great grandson of Omeyya.
     Cf. {Tobine}.]
     1. A kind of waved silk, usually called {watered silk},
        manufactured like taffeta, but thicker and stronger. The
        watering is given to it by calendering.
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     2. A mixture of lime with shells, gravel, or stones, in equal
        proportions, with an equal proportion of water. When dry,
        this becomes as hard as rock. --Weale.
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     3. A brindled cat; hence, popularly, any cat.
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     4. An old maid or gossip. [Colloq.] --Byron.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

  Tabby \Tab"by\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Tabbied}; p. pr. & vb. n.
     To water; to cause to look wavy, by the process of
     calendering; to calender; as, to tabby silk, mohair, ribbon,
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From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:

       adj : having a gray or brown streak or a pattern or a patchy
             coloring; used especially of the patterned fur of cats
             [syn: {brindled}, {brindle}, {brinded}]
       n 1: a cat with a gray or tawny coat mottled with black [syn: {tabby
       2: female cat [syn: {queen}]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:

  69 Moby Thesaurus words for "tabby":
     Cheshire cat, Chinchilla cat, Maltese cat, a tale-bearing animal,
     alley cat, banded, barred, blue cat, brinded, brindle, brindled,
     busybody, calico cat, cat, feline, gib, gib-cat, gossip,
     gossip columnist, gossiper, gossipmonger, grimalkin, house cat,
     kit, kitling, kitten, kitty, kitty-cat, listed, maiden lady,
     marbled, marbleized, mouser, newsmonger, newspaperman, old maid,
     puss, pussy, pussycat, quidnunc, reporter, rumormonger,
     scandalmonger, silver cat, spinstress, streaked, streaky, striatal,
     striate, striated, strigate, strigose, striolate, striped, stripy,
     tabby cat, talebearer, taleteller, tattler, tattletale, telltale,
     tiger cat, tittle-tattler, tom, tomcat, tortoise-shell cat, veined,
     watered, yenta

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