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Is not a soft, white-breasted maltese or tabby as attractive?

But it's about as nigh to Joe's as 'tis to Tabby's, seems to me.

I started as though I had seen a tabby pounce down from the rigging!

Ah, Tabby, what a deal of secret misery there is in the world!

Tabby, old maids are a public nuisance, not to say dangerous.

Tabby, the saber-tooth, dabbed playfully at Cooper with his mighty paw.

Some were white and some were tabby, and all were about the same loathsome age.

She needs to have you cuff her ears now and then, that Tabby.

He was puttering with his light and meowing to his tabby cat.

And of her own accord, Tabby never would, had not Zip put her up to it.

WORD ORIGIN

1630s, "striped silk taffeta," from French tabis "a rich, watered silk (originally striped)," from Middle French atabis (14c.), from Arabic 'attabiya, from 'Attabiy, a neighborhood of Baghdad where such cloth was first made, named for prince 'Attab of the Omayyad dynasty. Tabby cat, one with a striped coat, is attested from 1690s; shortened form tabby first attested 1774. Sense of "female cat" (1826) may be influenced by the fem. proper name Tabby, a pet form of Tabitha, which was used in late 18c. as slang for "difficult old woman."

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