African wildcat

noun

Definition of African wildcat

: a slender-tailed wildcat (Felis silvestris lybica) of Africa and the Middle East that has a usually buff, gray, or brown coat and is typically considered to be the ancestor of the domestic cat Most people seeing an African wildcat would indeed think “pussycat.”— Stephen Budiansky, Atlantic Monthly, June 2002 A variant of the African wildcat, domestic cats probably first cozied up to humans in Egypt several thousand years ago. They populated the globe by riding the coattails of trade and empire.— Bruce Barcott, New York Times, 2 Dec. 2007

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First Known Use of African wildcat

1853, in the meaning defined above

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“African wildcat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/African%20wildcat. Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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