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"old Tom"

Posted by R. Berg on April 01, 2004

In Reply to: Another question connected to "old Tom" posted by Natty on March 31, 2004

: Thank you very much for your answers, ESC and Steve!

: Another question if you please (connected to the previous):

: "Some friends of mine had a cat, a big black Tom...One day a Chinchilla came to live in the neighbourhood and the two cats met at a garden wall party."

: Do you think that Tom and Chinchilla are their names or perhaps Tom stands for a "male cat" also(as "old Tom" does)?

"Tom" means an unneutered male cat. A dictionary would have answered that question for you. In cats, "chinchilla" refers to a silvery-white coat color.