/mangks/, adj.1. of or pertaining to the Isle of Man, its inhabitants, or their language.n.2. (used with a pl. v.) the inhabitants of the Isle of Man.3. the Gaelic of the Isle of Man, virtually extinct.[1565-75; syncopated and metathesized form of earlier Manisk(e) < ON manskr of the Isle of Man, equiv. to Man name of the island + -skr adj. suffix denoting origin (see -ISH1)]
* * *breed of tailless domestic cat (cat, domestic) of unknown origin but presumed by tradition to have come from the Isle of Man (Man, Isle of). Noted for being affectionate, loyal, and courageous, the Manx is distinguished both by its taillessness and by its characteristic hopping gait. It is compactly built, with a rounded head; large, round eyes; and small, wide-set ears. The rump is also rounded and, because the hindlegs are considerably longer than the forelegs, is distinctly higher than the shoulders. The Manx may be born with a tail but ideally should be totally tailless with a hollow at the end of the backbone where the root of the tail should be. The double coat may be any solid, variegated, or tabby colour.
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