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 But the idea of a house cat attacking your mouse problem is probably more cartoon fodder than reality. Adam Hadhazy, Popular Mechanics, "How to Get Rid of Mice in Your Home," 9 Mar. 2021 For a lesson in euphoria, look no further than a house cat twined around a twig of silver vine. New York Times, "Your Cat Isn’t Just Getting High Off Catnip," 20 Jan. 2021 One cub, dubbed Captain Cal, was so small that rescuers initially mistook him for a house cat. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, "Special delivery: Mountain lions rescued from Zogg fire arrive at new home," 8 Dec. 2020 In the United States, the invader responsible for the deaths of up to four billion birds and 22 billion mammals each year is the domestic house cat. Ligaya Mishan, New York Times, "When Invasive Species Become the Meal," 2 Oct. 2020 While scientists have known for a while that this dinosaur devoted large portions of its brain to processing smell, studies have recently revealed that T. rex had almost as many genes encoding its olfactory receptors as a house cat does today. Amy Mckeever, National Geographic, "Why Tyrannosaurus rex was one of the fiercest predators of all time," 9 Sep. 2020 It either anchors game quickly or inspires a blood trail a blind house cat could follow. Ron Spomer, Outdoor Life, ".338 Federal: The Best Deer Cartridge You’ve Never Tried," 27 Aug. 2020 Its purpose is to raise public awareness and understanding of the domestic house cat and learn ways to help protect them. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Celebrate feline friends on International Cat Day," 8 Aug. 2020 After some weeks, cabin fever set in and people started venturing out, carefully, warily, like house cats in dog country. Carl Nolte, SFChronicle.com, "San Francisco’s Holly Park, a marvelous cure for cabin fever," 23 May 2020

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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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24 Mar 2021

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“House cat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/house%20cat. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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