A Maine coon with a tabby pattern.
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Origin of tabby
- French tabis from Old French atabis from Medieval Latin attabī from Arabic ‘attābī after al-‘Attābīya , a suburb of Baghdad, Iraq
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Mid 17th circa French atabis, from Arabic attabi, ultimately from Arabic al-Attabiya, the name of a section of Baghdad, Iraq, which is associated with the manufacture of a certain type of waved silk; see also taffeta, another type of silk whose name derives from the Persian تافته (tâfta, “woven cloth") and shares a similar etymological origin.