plural noun

: a superfamily of Carnivora comprising the cats, civets, hyenas, and related carnivorous mammals all distinguished from related forms by skull formations and by the absence or great reduction of the penis bone and Cowper's glands

Word History


New Latin, from aelur- + -oidea

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Aeluroidea was in 1872

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“Aeluroidea.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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