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Origem da designação Tabby:
The English term "tabby" comes from a translation of the French for "striped silk taffeta", which derives from the French "tabis", meaning "a rich watered silk (originally striped)", in turn from Middle French "atabis" (14th century), from the Arabic term "attabiya", from "Attabiy", a neighborhood of Baghdad where such cloth was first made, named for Prince 'Attab of the Umayyad Caliphate, as compared to the Spanish term "ataviar", meaning "to decorate or to dress or wear" (often implying very elegant and/or expensive clothing). The term tabby cat, "one with a striped coat", is attested from the 1690s; the shortened form tabby was first attested in 1774. The idea of "female cat" (1826) may be influenced by the feminine proper name Tabby, a pet form of Tabitha, which was used in the late 18th century as slang for a "difficult old woman".