house cat

noun

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the house cat at the Cheshire Cat Bookstore has the dual responsibility of being mascot and mouser
Recent Examples on the Web Red pandas, much smaller than black and white pandas, grow to about the size of large house cats, with long bushy tails. USA TODAY, "Native Hawaiian princess, beer bandits, flaming hand sanitizer: News from around our 50 states," 11 Mar. 2020 Tigers and lions at the Bronx Zoo have tested positive for the virus, and studies show that house cats--but apparently not dogs--can become infected. W. Wayt Gibbs, Scientific American, "Coronavirus Can Infect Cats," 6 Apr. 2020 From tigers to house cats, the novel coronavirus is affecting animals, too. Popular Science, "Tigers can get coronavirus—but you won’t catch COVID-19 from your cat," 7 Apr. 2020 The fact that house cats can rarely catch Covid-19 is also not surprising, experts say. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Lions, tigers and house cats: You won't catch coronavirus from felines, experts say," 6 Apr. 2020 Cats didn’t evolve on the island, and the history of these elusive felines—twice the size of house cats—has long been a mystery. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "Madagascar’s mysterious, lemur-eating cats started as ship stowaways," 10 Mar. 2020 Other causes include collisions with glass windows, which may kill some 600 million birds each year, and house cats, which are estimated to hunt down between one and four billion birds each year. Jason Bittel, National Geographic, "Three billion birds have been lost in North America since 1970," 19 Sep. 2019 For example, ever wonder why dogs come in all shapes and sizes, but all house cats are basically built the same? Lee Roop | Lroop@al.com, al, "New Alabama podcast explores why animals look the way they do," 3 Feb. 2020 That’s exactly what happened during a recent showdown between a particularly plucky house cat and three coyotes outside a home in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Highland Park. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Three Coyotes Fail to Impress Unfazed Cat Named Max in This Showdown," 13 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of house cat

1607, in the meaning defined above

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18 May 2020

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“House cat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/house%20cat. Accessed 24 May. 2020.

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house cat

noun

English Language Learners Definition of house cat

: a cat that is kept as a pet

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