Tabby

Definition of Tabby

Tab´by
n.1.A kind of waved silk, usually called watered silk, manufactured like taffeta, but thicker and stronger. The watering is given to it by calendering.
2.A mixture of lime with shells, gravel, or stones, in equal proportions, with an equal proportion of water. When dry, this becomes as hard as rock.
3.A brindled cat; hence, popularly, any cat.
4.An old maid or gossip.
a.1.Having a wavy or watered appearance; as, a tabby waistcoat.
2.Brindled; diversified in color; as, a tabby cat.
Tabby moth
(Zool.) the grease moth. See under Grease.
v. t.1.To water; to cause to look wavy, by the process of calendering; to calender; as, to tabby silk, mohair, ribbon, etc.
[imp. & p. p. Tabbied ; p. pr. & vb. n. Tabbying .]

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