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TAB'BY, adjective [See the Noun.] Brinded; brindled; diversified in color; as a tabby cat.

TAB'BY, noun

1. A kind of waved silk, usually watered. It is manufactured like taffeta, but is thick and stronger. The watering is given to it by the calendar.

2. A mixture of stone of shells and mortar, which becomes hard as a rock; used in Morocco.

TAB'BY, verb transitive To water or cause to look wavy; as, to tabby silk, mohair, ribin, etc. This is done by a calendar without water.