Chinese mountain cat

noun

variants or Chinese desert cat
: a small, yellowish-gray to brown wildcat (Felis bieti) that has indistinct dark rings or horizontal stripes on the legs and tail and is typically found in mountainous regions of western and central China
Researchers working in central China have photographed one of the world's most poorly studied mammals, the Chinese mountain cat. Science, 31 Aug. 2007
The Chinese desert cat does not live in deserts, but in scrubby woodlands, even forests. Norman Myers, International Wildlife, November/December 1984

Word History

First Known Use

1984, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Chinese mountain cat was in 1984

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“Chinese mountain cat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Chinese%20mountain%20cat. Accessed 7 Dec. 2022.

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