I. noun (plural tabbies) Etymology: French tabis, from Middle French atabis, from Medieval Latin attabi, from Arabic ‘attābī, from Al-‘Attābīya, quarter in Baghdad Date: 1638 1. a. archaic a plain silk taffeta especially with moiré finish b. a plain-woven fabric 2. [tabby (II)] a. a domestic cat with a striped and mottled coat b. a domestic cat; especially a female cat II. adjective Date: 1640 1. of, relating to, or made of tabby <
a tabby vest
2. striped and mottled with darker color ; brindled <
a tabby cat
III. noun Etymology: Gullah tabi, ultimately from Spanish tapia adobe wall Date: 1775 a cement made of lime, sand or gravel, and oyster shells and used chiefly along the coast of Georgia and South Carolina in the 17th and 18th centuries

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