feral


fe·ral

adjective \ˈfir-əl, ˈfer-; ˈfe-rəl\

: of, relating to, or resembling a wild beast

—used to describe an animal (such as a cat or dog) that has escaped and become wild

Full Definition of FERAL

1
:  of, relating to, or suggestive of a wild beast <feral teeth> <feral instincts>
2
a :  not domesticated or cultivated :  wild
b :  having escaped from domestication and become wild <feral cats>
feral noun

Examples of FERAL

  1. They led a feral existence.
  2. <animal experts discourage homeowners from trying to adopt feral animals as pets>

Origin of FERAL

Medieval Latin feralis, from Latin fera wild animal, from feminine of ferus wild — more at fierce
First Known Use: 1604

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with FERAL

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