curtal

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cur·tal

 (kûr′tl)
n. Archaic
1. An animal with a docked tail.
2. See dulcian.
3. Something cut short or docked.
adj. Obsolete
Cut short or docked.

[Obsolete French courtault, from Old French, from court, short, from Latin curtus; see sker- in Indo-European roots.]

curtal

(ˈkɜːtəl)
adj
1. cut short
2. (Ecclesiastical Terms) (of friars) wearing a short frock
n
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]

cur•tal

(ˈkɜr tl)

adj.
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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.curtal - (obsolete) cut short; "a dog with a curtal tail"
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression
short - (primarily spatial sense) having little length or lacking in length; "short skirts"; "short hair"; "the board was a foot short"; "a short toss"