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Meaning of feline by Wiktionary Dictionary

feline


    Pronunciation

    • IPA: /ˈfiːlaɪn/, X-SAMPA: /"fi:laIn/

    Etymology 1

    From Latin fēlīnus, from fēlēs 'wildcat, marten', from Proto-Indo-European *bʰel- ‘wildcat’ ( compare Welsh bele 'marten', Sanskrit bharuja 'jackal', Moldivian balu 'dog' ) .

    Adjective

    feline ( comparative more feline, superlative most feline )

    1. Of, or pertaining to, the cat .
    2. catlike ( resembling a cat )
    Synonyms
    • catly

    Etymology 2

    Substantive use of the adjective feline, from Latin felinus

    A domestic cat

    Noun

    feline ( plural: felines )

    1. A cat; member of the cat family Felidae .
    Hyponyms
    • See also Wikisaurus:feline

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Explanation of feline by Wordnet Dictionary

feline


    Adjective
    1. of or relating to cats

    2. feline fur
    Noun
    1. any of various lithe-bodied roundheaded fissiped mammals, many with retractile claws



    Definition of feline by GCIDE Dictionary

    feline


    1. Feline a. [L. felinus, fr. feles, felis, cat, prob. orig., the fruitful: cf. F. félin. See Fetus.]
      1. ( Zool. ) Catlike; of or pertaining to the genus Felis, or family Felidæ; as, “the feline race; feline voracity.”

      2. Characteristic of cats; sly; stealthy; treacherous; as, “a feline nature; feline manners.”