ferae naturae


fe·​rae na·​tu·​rae ˈfer-ˌī-nə-ˈtu̇r-ˌī How to pronounce ferae naturae (audio)
: wild by nature and not usually tamed

Word History


Latin, of a wild nature

First Known Use

circa 1661, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ferae naturae was circa 1661

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Cite this Entry

“Ferae naturae.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ferae%20naturae. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Legal Definition

ferae naturae

: wild by nature : not usually tamed

Note: Animals like wild ducks or bees are considered ferae naturae. At common law they cannot be claimed as one's property except under certain circumstances, as when captured.


New Latin, literally, of a wild nature

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