fe·​line | \ ˈfē-ˌlīn How to pronounce feline (audio) \

Definition of feline

1 : of, relating to, or affecting cats or the cat family
2 : resembling a cat: such as
a : sleekly graceful

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Other Words from feline

feline noun
felinely adverb
felinity \ fē-​ˈli-​nə-​tē How to pronounce felinity (audio) \ noun

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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.

Examples of feline in a Sentence

They move with feline agility. the thief was eerily feline as he moved stealthily through the darkened rooms
Recent Examples on the Web In cats, for example, infection with feline enteric coronavirus may last for months or longer. Quanta Magazine, "What Other Coronaviruses Tell Us About SARS-CoV-2," 29 Apr. 2020 And Finally … Mary Susan Sams of Santa Rosa sent us this photo of her feline colleague, Laurence, helping her schedule remote psychotherapy appointments. Jill Cowan, New York Times, "Don’t Forget About the Census," 24 Mar. 2020 Kitty Litter Unlike human variety, feline waste should never go in the toilet, according to experts at Green's Plumbing. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "12 Everyday Items You Should Never Flush Down Your Toilet," 6 Apr. 2020 Cats can get feline coronavirus, which is a common infection that can cause mild diarrhea. Nataly Keomoungkhoun, Dallas News, "Here’s what you should know about coronavirus and your pets," 29 Mar. 2020 Cat owners should brush the teeth of their feline friend daily, Dodd advised. Texas A&m University, Houston Chronicle, "PET TALK: Don’t brush off your cat’s dental health," 15 Feb. 2020 Hannes Lohi, study co-author and lead researcher of the University of Helsinki’s feline genetic research group, says in a statement. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Your Cat’s Attitude Actually Is Closely Linked to Its Breed, Survey Shows," 19 June 2019 With the holidays quickly approaching, Kate Beckinsale is getting her feline friends in the Christmas spirit. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, "Kate Beckinsale Shares Hilarious Photo of Her Grumpy Cat Clive Dressed As 'Bad Santa'," 20 Dec. 2019 Swift, who has three cats named Meredith Grey, Olivia Benson and Benjamin Button, shared a sweet photo of herself cradling one of her feline friends over her shoulder. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "For National Cat Day, Taylor Swift Encourages Fans to Hug Their Cats (Or Not, 'If Your Cat Hates Hugs')," 29 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of feline

1681, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for feline

Latin felinus, from felis

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The first known use of feline was in 1681

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12 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Feline.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/feline. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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How to pronounce feline (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of feline

: of or relating to the cat family
: resembling a cat : like a cat's


fe·​line | \ ˈfē-ˌlīn How to pronounce feline (audio) \

Kids Definition of feline

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the domestic cat or a related animal (as a lion) feline anatomy
2 : like or like that of a cat feline movements



Kids Definition of feline (Entry 2 of 2)

: cat


fe·​line | \ ˈfē-ˌlīn How to pronounce feline (audio) \

Medical Definition of feline

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

Other Words from feline

feline noun

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