Pronunciation: (bob'tāl"), [key]
1. a short or docked tail.
2. an animal with such a tail.
1. Also,bob'tailed".having a bobtail.
2. cut short; docked; cropped.
3. shorter or briefer than usual; abbreviated: Several legislative items must be dropped from the current bobtail session of Congress.
to cut short the tail of; dock, often by cutting a muscle in a horse's tail to make it stand erect.
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