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name of the cat in "Reynard the Fox" (1481), hence used as a proper name for any cat, from Flem. and Du. Tybert, O.Fr. Tibert. Identified by Shakespeare with Tibalt, which is from O.Fr. Thibauld, from Gmc. *Theobald (see Theobald).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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