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[bob-kat] /ˈbɒbˌkæt/
noun, plural bobcats (especially collectively) bobcat.
a North American wildcat, Lynx rufus, ranging from southern Canada to central Mexico, having a brownish coat with black spots.
Also called bay lynx.
Origin of bobcat
1885-90, Americanism; bob(tail) + cat1 Unabridged
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a North American feline mammal, Lynx rufus, closely related to but smaller than the lynx, having reddish-brown fur with dark spots or stripes, tufted ears, and a short tail Also called bay lynx
Word Origin
C19: from bob² (referring to its short tail) + cat1
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Word Origin and History for bobcat

North American lynx, 1873, in a Maine context; so called for its short tail; see bob (n.2) + cat (n.).

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