Simple Definition of feline
: of or relating to the cat family
: resembling a cat : like a cat's
Examples of feline in a sentence
They move with feline agility.
<the thief was eerily feline as he moved stealthily through the darkened rooms>
Did You Know?
Cats have always provoked a strong reaction from humans. The Egyptians worshipped them, leaving thousands of feline mummies and idols as evidence. In the Middle Ages, felines were feared as agents of the devil, and were thought to creep around silently at night doing evil. (Notice that feline is also a noun.) The fascinating family called the Felidae includes about 40 species of superb hunters, including the lions, tigers, jaguars, cheetahs, cougars, bobcats, and lynxes, and almost all of them are smooth, silent, and independent.
Origin and Etymology of feline
Latin felinus, from felis
First Known Use: 1681
FELINE Defined for Kids
Definition of feline for Students
1 : of or relating to the domestic cat or a related animal (as a lion) <feline anatomy>
2 : like or like that of a cat <feline movements>
Medical Definition of feline
: of, relating to, or affecting cats or the family Felidae
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