house cat


Definition of house cat 

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Synonyms for house cat


cat, feline, kitty, puss, pussy, pussycat

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Examples of house cat in a Sentence

the house cat at the Cheshire Cat Bookstore has the dual responsibility of being mascot and mouser

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The only felid in Hawai`i are house cats, tame and feral, found in homes and yards and boat harbors and beach parks and deep in the backs of valleys and high on the summit of mountaintops and basically everywhere. Kim Steutermann Rogers, Smithsonian, "How the Tiniest of Parasites is Taking Down the Mightiest of Monk Seals," 9 July 2018 An ornery house cat named Tiger is laid low by an enlarged bladder but keeps trying to live up to his name. Mark Athitakis, USA TODAY, "For this vet, sometimes the owners are the most difficult patients: New book," 17 Apr. 2018 People in cities can’t seem to tell the difference between a possum and a house cat, for example. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America," 20 June 2018 Experts say house cats rough up small rodents like mice and rats to practice hunting and protect themselves from injury. National Geographic, "Leopard Plays With Prey’s Own Bones," 19 June 2018 Security camera footage from a house in Collier County shows a Florida panther pounce on a house cat and carry the pet off in its jaws. David Goodhue, miamiherald, "Home security camera shows Florida panther attack house cat," 7 June 2018 Bobcat kittens are larger than house cat, and their tails, of course, are bobbed. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "Family found the cutest rescue kittens. Then — Ouch! — found out they're bobcats | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 8 May 2018 Other images: scenes of New York City by a teenage Stanley Kubrick, Southern California bathing beauties and a house cat dressed heroically like the Valkyrie Brünnhilde, with breastplate and tiny winged helmet. Carolina A. Miranda,, "Essential Arts: A violinist's royal wedding call, L.A.'s disappeared public art, 'Soft Power' debuts," 19 May 2018 That car in the winner’s circle had about as much to do with your Monte Carlo as a cheetah does to a house cat. Andy Mikonis,, "Racing to production: Innovations on the track lead to improvements in the driveway," 15 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of house cat

1607, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of house cat was in 1607

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English Language Learners Definition of house cat

: a cat that is kept as a pet

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