Felidae

noun plural

Fe·​li·​dae ˈfē-lə-ˌdē How to pronounce Felidae (audio)
: a cosmopolitan family comprising lithe-bodied carnivorous mammals (as the domestic cat, lion, tiger, lynx, and cheetah) having often strikingly patterned fur, comparatively short limbs with soft pads on the feet, usually sharp curved retractile claws, a broad and somewhat rounded head with short but powerful jaws equipped with teeth suited to grasping, tearing, and shearing through flesh, erect ears, and typically eyes with narrow or elliptical pupils and especially adapted for seeing in dim light

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“Felidae.” Merriam-Webster.com Medical Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/medical/Felidae. Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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