American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A rich watered silk.
- n. A fabric of plain weave.
- n. A domestic cat with a striped or brindled coat of a gray or tawny color.
- n. A domestic cat, especially a female.
- n. A spinster.
- n. A prying woman; a gossip.
- n. South Atlantic U.S. A mixture of oyster shells, lime, sand, and water used as a building material.
- adj. Having light and dark striped markings: a tabby cat.
- adj. Made of or resembling watered silk.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A watered material. Specifically— A general term for watered silks, moire, etc.
- n. A worsted material, as a watered moreen.
- n. In the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, a silken stuff not necessarily watered.
- n. In entomology, a pyralid moth of the genus Aglossa: a British collectors' name. A. pinguinalis is the common tabby, also called grease-moth; A. cuprealis is the small tabby.
- Made of or resembling the fabric tabby; diversified in appearance or color like tabby.
- Performed as in making the plain material from which tabby is produced: said of weaving.
- To cause to look like tabby, or watered silk; give a wavy appearance to, as stuffs: as, to tabby silk, mohair, ribbon, etc. This is done by the use of a calender without water.
- n. A tabby-cat. A brindled cat, gray, streaked or otherwise marked with black or yellow. The wild original of the domestic cat is always of such coloration. The black, white, uniform mouse-gray (Maltese), yellow, and spotted (tortoise-shell) cats are all artificial varieties.
- n. A female cat: distinguished from tom-cat
- n. An old maid; a spinster; hence, any spiteful female gossip or tattler.
- n. A mixture of lime with shells, gravel, or stones in equal proportions, with an equal proportion of water, forming a mass which when dry becomes as hard as rock. This is used in Morocco as a substitute for bricks or stone in building.
- n. uncountable A kind of waved silk, usually called watered silk, manufactured like taffeta, but thicker and stronger. The watering is given to it by calendering.
- n. uncountable 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.
- n. countable A brindled cat
- n. countable, archaic An old maid or gossip.
- adj. Having a wavy or watered appearance; as, a tabby waistcoat.
- adj. Brindled; diversified in color; as, a tabby cat.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of waved silk, usually called
watered silk, manufactured like taffeta, but thicker and stronger. The watering is given to it by calendering.
- n. 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.
- n. A brindled cat; hence, popularly, any cat.
- n. colloq. An old maid or gossip.
- adj. Having a wavy or watered appearance.
- adj. Brindled; diversified in color.
- v. To water; to cause to look wavy, by the process of calendering; to calender
- n. a cat with a grey or tawny coat mottled with black
- n. female cat
- adj. having a grey or brown streak or a pattern or a patchy coloring; used especially of the patterned fur of cats
- Mid 17th c. French atabis < Arabic attabi < ult. from Arabic al-Attabiya, the name of a section of Baghdad, Iraq, which is associated with the manufacture of a certain type of waved silk; see also taffeta, another type of silk whose name derives from the Persian taftah "woven cloth" and shares a similar etymological origin. (Wiktionary)
- French tabis, from Old French atabis, from Medieval Latin attabī, from Arabic 'attābī, after al-'Attābīya, a suburb of Baghdad, Iraq. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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“Weir, was derived from a kind of taffeta or ribbed silk which used to be called tabby silk.”
“Orabelle here is called a tabby Bengal Tiger and there are only about 50 in the world.”
“Does 'tabby' weaving have some oblique connection to tabby cats?”
“They were composed of the material known as "tabby," a mixture of shells, lime and broken stone or gravel with water; which mass, being pressed in a mould of boards, becomes when dry as hard and durable as rock.”
“Enclosed by a high wall of masonry (the "tabby" just described) was a tract of twelve acres devoted to the cultivation of flowers and tropical fruits.”
“Spanish, Italian, French and finally into English in the form of "tabby," as the designation of a rich-coloured watered silk.”
“Well-fed cats of all sizes and colors—tabby, calico, tortoiseshell—padded among the old graves or watched with lambent eyes from the benches positioned throughout the cemetery.”
“Waylon, an orange-striped tabby cat, was reunited with Daniel Johns on Wednesday at the Foothills Animal Shelter in Golden.”
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