Cat Breed - Tabby Kitten

Black Tabby Kitten


he English term tabby originates from the translation of the French phrase “striped silk taffeta”, the root of which is tabis, meaning “a rich watered silk.” This can be further traced to the Middle French atabis (14th century), which stemmed from the Arabic term attabiya. This word is a reference to the neighborhood in Baghdad, Attabiy (named for Prince Attab of the Umayyad Caliphate), where such silk cloth was first made.

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Tabby is also comparable to the Spanish word ataviar, which means “to decorate or to dress or wear” and often implies luxurious clothing. Usage of the term tabby cat , which means “one with a striped coat”, began in the 1690s and was later shortened to tabby in 1774. The notion that tabby is indicative of a female cat may be a reference to the feminine proper name Tabby, as a shortened form of Tabitha.

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