tiger cat

noun

1
: any of various wildcats (such as the serval, ocelot, or margay) of moderate size and variegated coloration
2
: a striped or sometimes blotched tabby cat

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Banksy is a 6-year-old, neutered, short hair, orange tiger cat. Kaitlyn Keegan, Hartford Courant, 8 July 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1699, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of tiger cat was in 1699

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“Tiger cat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tiger%20cat. Accessed 8 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

tiger cat

noun
1
: any of various medium-sized wildcats (as the ocelot) with a striped or spotted coat
2
: a striped or sometimes spotted tabby cat

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