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Catty   /kˈæti/   Listen

Any of various units of weight used in southeastern Asia (especially a Chinese measure equal to 500 grams).  Synonym: cattie.

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"Catty" Quotes from Famous Books

... and a curious thing happened. Perhaps you have seen a bicycle or auto tire strike a stone at an angle, and throw it into the air with great force. That was what happened to the bottle. Tom's front wheel struck the cork, which fitted tightly, and, just as when you hit one end of the wooden "catty" and it bounds up, the bottle described a curve through the air, and flew straight toward Andy's car. It struck the brass frame of the wind shield ...
— Tom Swift and his Electric Runabout - or, The Speediest Car on the Road • Victor Appleton

... "Don't get catty, dear," says the wife, still featurin' that million dollar smile. "Hurry, there goes the bell again. You really should put on your collar and tie ...
— Alex the Great • H. C. Witwer

... NAILED.—By the sworn affidavits of Michael O'Flanagan, Esq., of the Five Points, and Mr. Snub Rafferty and Mr. Catty Mulligan, of Water Street, it is established that Mr. Mark Twain's vile statement that the lamented grandfather of our noble standard-bearer, Blank J. Blank, was hanged for highway robbery, is a brutal and gratuitous LIE, without a shadow of foundation in fact. It is disheartening ...
— Innocents abroad • Mark Twain

... birds' nests, so used, are formed of a mucilage supposed to be collected from certain weeds floating on the sea, by the swallows of the Indian, Chinese, and Pacific oceans; some of the best come from Batavia and the Nikobar Islands; they are sold by weight, and a catty (one pound and three quarters) of the best parts, sells for the enormous price of ...
— The American Quarterly Review, No. 17, March 1831 • Various

... commercial weight of 18 ozs. English. Tea is packed in one or two or more catty boxes, hence ...
— The Sailor's Word-Book • William Henry Smyth

Words linked to "Catty" :   china, Red China, weight, mainland China, cattiness, malicious, bitchy, weight unit, PRC, cat, Communist China, Cathay, People's Republic of China

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