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Definition of tabby
noun (plural tabbies)
1 (also tabby cat) a cat whose fur is mottled or streaked with dark stripes.
[ late 17th century (as tabby cat): said to be so named from its striped coloring]
informal any domestic cat.
2a fabric with a watered pattern, typically silk. 4a type of concrete made of lime, shells, gravel, and stones that dries very hard.
[ early 19th century (originally tabby work): perhaps a different word, or from a resemblance in color to that of a tabby cat]
(of a cat) gray or brownish in color and streaked with dark stripes.