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bobtail (n.)

also bob-tail, c. 1600, "tail of a horse cut short," from bob (n.2) + tail (n.). Related: Bobtailed.

updated on July 03, 2017

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Definitions of bobtail from WordNet
1
bobtail (n.)
a short or shortened tail of certain animals;
Synonyms: bob / dock
bobtail (n.)
large sheepdog with a profuse shaggy bluish-grey-and-white coat and short tail; believed to trace back to the Roman occupation of Britain;
Synonyms: Old English sheepdog
2
bobtail (adj.)
having a short or shortened tail;
bobtail mare
Synonyms: bobtailed
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