Chinese mountain cat

variants: or Chinese desert cat

Definition of Chinese mountain 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

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