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Tabby

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a cat, so called because the brindlings of the tabby were thought to resemble the waterings of the silk of the name. (French, tabis; Italian, etc., tabi; Persian, retabi, a rich figured silk.)

“Demurest of the tabby kind,

The pensive Selima reclined.”


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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Syrtis
T
T.Y.C.
T-Rule (A)
Tab
Tabard
Tabardar
Tabarin
Tabby
Tabla Rasa (Latin)
Table
Table dHôte [the host’s table]
Table Money
Table-Turning
Tableaux Vivants (French, living pictures)
Tabooed
Taborites
Tabouret
Tabulæ Toletanæ