Definition of feral
1 : of, relating to, or suggestive of a wild beast feral teeth feral instincts
2a : not domesticated or cultivated : wild feral animalsb : having escaped from domestication and become wild feral cats
Examples of feral in a Sentence
They led a feral existence.
animal experts discourage homeowners from trying to adopt feral animals as pets
Recent Examples of feral from the Web
An arrow that was used to shoot a possibly feral cat in Kailua Kona.
District heath officials said in a news release that feral cats born in the wild shouldn’t be treated like domestic animals and that no attempt should be made to capture or feed them.
In Australia, with its 3 million pet cats and 20 million feral cats (and about 23 million people), cats have contributed to wiping out several mouse, rat, and bandicoot species.
CHICAGO—Chicago isn’t counting on feral cats alone to combat a 40% jump in complaints about rats this year.
Ms. Wylde would prefer the city establish a feral cat sanctuary.
Just don't leave your windows open to let in a breeze—there is a spirited local population of feral cats.
Many of the horses rounded up that day were not feral, but owned by Navajos who either lacked a grazing permit or exceeded the maximum allowable number of two horses per permit.
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Origin and Etymology of feral
Medieval Latin feralis, from Latin fera wild animal, from feminine of ferus wild — more at fierce
First Known Use: 1604
Synonym Discussion of feral
FERAL Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of feral for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or resembling a wild beast
—used to describe an animal (such as a cat or dog) that has escaped and become wild
FERAL Defined for Kids
Definition of feral for Students
: having escaped from the care of people and become wild feral pigs
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