feline

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adjective fe·line \ˈfē-ˌlīn\

Definition of feline

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or affecting cats or the cat family

  2. 2 :  resembling a cat: such asa :  sleekly gracefulb :  sly, treacherousc :  stealthy

feline

noun

felinely

adverb

felinity

play \fē-ˈli-nə-tē\ noun

Examples of feline in a Sentence

  1. They move with feline agility.

  2. the thief was eerily feline as he moved stealthily through the darkened rooms

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Did You Know?

Cats have always provoked a strong reaction from humans. The Egyptians worshipped them, leaving thousands of feline mummies and idols as evidence. In the Middle Ages, felines were feared as agents of the devil, and were thought to creep around silently at night doing evil. (Notice that feline is also a noun.) The fascinating family called the Felidae includes about 40 species of superb hunters, including the lions, tigers, jaguars, cheetahs, cougars, bobcats, and lynxes, and almost all of them are smooth, silent, and independent.

Origin and Etymology of feline

Latin felinus, from felis


FELINE Defined for English Language Learners

feline

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adjective

Definition of feline for English Language Learners

  • : of or relating to the cat family

  • : resembling a cat : like a cat's


FELINE Defined for Kids

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feline

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adjective fe·line \ˈfē-ˌlīn\

Definition of feline for Students

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the domestic cat or a related animal (as a lion) feline anatomy

  2. 2 :  like or like that of a cat feline movements


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feline

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noun fe·line

Definition of feline for Students

  1. :  cat


Medical Dictionary

feline

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adjective fe·line \ˈfē-ˌlīn\

Medical Definition of feline

  1. :  of, relating to, or affecting cats or the family Felidae

feline

noun


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