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1. An animal with a docked tail.
2. See dulcian.
3. Something cut short or docked.
Cut short or docked.
[Obsolete French courtault, from Old French, from court, short, from Latin curtus; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]
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1. cut short
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (of friars) wearing a short frock
3. an animal whose tail has been docked
4. something that is cut short
[C16: from Old French courtault animal whose tail has been docked, from court short, from Latin curtus; see curt]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. Archaic. wearing a short frock: a curtal friar.
2. Obs. brief; curtailed.n.
3. Obs. an animal with a docked tail.
[1500–10; earlier courtault < Middle French, =court short (see curt) + -ault, variant of -ald n. suffix; see ribald]
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|Adj.||1.||curtal - (obsolete) cut short; "a dog with a curtal tail"|
short - (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length; "short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss"
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