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curtal

[kur-tl]
adjective
1.
Archaic. wearing a short frock: a curtal friar.
2.
Obsolete. brief; curtailed.
noun
3.
a 16th-century bassoon.
4.
Obsolete. an animal with a docked tail.

Origin:
1500–10; earlier courtault < Middle French, equivalent to court short (see curt) + -ault, variant of -ald noun suffix; see ribald

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curtal (ˈkɜːtəl)
 
adj
1.  cut short
2.  (of friars) wearing a short frock
 
n
3.  an animal whose tail has been docked
4.  something that is cut short
 
[C16: from Old French courtault animal whose tail has been docked, from court short, from Latin curtus; see curt]

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