bob-tail

bobtail

[bob-teyl]
noun
1.
a short or docked tail.
2.
an animal with such a tail.
adjective
3.
Also, bobtailed. having a bobtail.
4.
cut short; docked; cropped.
5.
shorter or briefer than usual; abbreviated: Several legislative items must be dropped from the current bobtail session of Congress.
verb (used with object)
6.
to cut short the tail of; dock, often by cutting a muscle in a horse's tail to make it stand erect.

Origin:
1535–45; bob2 + tail1

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bobtail (ˈbɒbˌteɪl)
 
n
1.  a docked or diminutive tail
2.  an animal with such a tail
 
adj
3.  having the tail cut short
 
vb
4.  to dock the tail of
5.  to cut short; curtail
 
[C16: from bob² + tail1]

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