plural noun
Ae·​lu·​roi·​dea | \ ˌēl-(y)ə-ˈrȯi-dē-ə, ˌel-yə-\

Definition of Aeluroidea

: 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

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of Aeluroidea

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Aeluroidea

New Latin, from aelur- + -oidea

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Aeluroidea

Statistics for Aeluroidea

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for Aeluroidea

The first known use of Aeluroidea was in 1872

See more words from the same year

Comments on Aeluroidea

What made you want to look up Aeluroidea? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


an act or instance of editing or removing

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

What's that Smell?! Quiz

  • wide eyed dog smelling rose
  • Someone who is hircine smells like a:
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!