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curtal

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Ideas lose themselves as quickly as quail, and one must wing them the minute they rise out of the grass, or they are gone.
Thomas F. Kennedy
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English

Etymology

From French courtault (now courtaud), from court ‘short’ + -ault pejorative suffix.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /ˈkɜ:təl/

Noun

Singular
curtal

Plural
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  1. (historical) A variety of short-barrelled cannon.
  2. (obsolete) A horse or other animal having a docked tail.
  3. (music) An early type of bassoon.

Adjective

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Positive
curtal

Comparative
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Superlative
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  1. (obsolete) Shortened, abridged, curtailed.
  2. (obsolete) Having a docked tail.

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