watered silk
Tabby Tab"by, n.; pl. {Tabbies}. [F. tabis (cf. It. tab[`i], Sp. & Pg. tab['i], LL. attabi), fr. Ar. 'att[=a]b[=i], properly the name of a quarter of Bagdad where it was made, the quarter being named from the prince Attab, great grandson of Omeyya. Cf. {Tobine}.] 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. [1913 Webster]

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. --Weale. [1913 Webster]

3. A brindled cat; hence, popularly, any cat. [1913 Webster]

4. An old maid or gossip. [Colloq.] --Byron. [1913 Webster]


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