Tiger
Tiger Ti"ger, n. [OE. tigre, F. tigre, L. tigris, Gr. ti`gris; probably of Persian origin; cf. Zend tighra pointed, tighri an arrow, Per. t[=i]r; perhaps akin to E. stick, v. t.; -- probably so named from its quickness.] 1. A very large and powerful carnivore ({Felis tigris}) native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Its back and sides are tawny or rufous yellow, transversely striped with black, the tail is ringed with black, the throat and belly are nearly white. When full grown, it equals or exceeds the lion in size and strength. Called also {royal tiger}, and {Bengal tiger}. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: A ferocious, bloodthirsty person. [1913 Webster]

As for heinous tiger, Tamora. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. A servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress. --Dickens. [1913 Webster]

4. A kind of growl or screech, after cheering; as, three cheers and a tiger. [Colloq. U. S.] [1913 Webster]

5. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar. [1913 Webster]

{American tiger}. (Zo["o]l.) (a) The puma. (b) The jaguar.

{Clouded tiger} (Zo["o]l.), a handsome striped and spotted carnivore ({Felis macrocelis} or {Felis marmorata}) native of the East Indies and Southern Asia. Its body is about three and a half feet long, and its tail about three feet long. Its ground color is brownish gray, and the dark markings are irregular stripes, spots, and rings, but there are always two dark bands on the face, one extending back from the eye, and one from the angle of the mouth. Called also {tortoise-shell tiger}.

{Mexican tiger} (Zo["o]l.), the jaguar.

{Tiger beetle} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of active carnivorous beetles of the family {Cicindelid[ae]}. They usually inhabit dry or sandy places, and fly rapidly.

{Tiger bittern}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Sun bittern}, under {Sun}.

{Tiger cat} (Zo["o]l.), any one of several species of wild cats of moderate size with dark transverse bars or stripes somewhat resembling those of the tiger.

{Tiger flower} (Bot.), an iridaceous plant of the genus {Tigridia} (as {Tigridia conchiflora}, {Tigridia grandiflora}, etc.) having showy flowers, spotted or streaked somewhat like the skin of a tiger.

{Tiger grass} (Bot.), a low East Indian fan palm ({Cham[ae]rops Ritchieana}). It is used in many ways by the natives. --J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants).

{Tiger lily}. (Bot.) See under {Lily}.

{Tiger moth} (Zo["o]l.), any one of numerous species of moths of the family {Arctiad[ae]} which are striped or barred with black and white or with other conspicuous colors. The larv[ae] are called {woolly bears}.

{Tiger shark} (Zo["o]l.), a voracious shark ({Galeocerdo tigrinus} syn. {Galeocerdo maculatus}) more or less barred or spotted with yellow. It is found in both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Called also {zebra shark}.

{Tiger shell} (Zo["o]l.), a large and conspicuously spotted cowrie ({Cypr[ae]a tigris}); -- so called from its fancied resemblance to a tiger in color and markings. Called also {tiger cowrie}.

{Tiger snake} (Zo["o]l.), either of two very venomous snakes of Tasmania and Australia, {Notechis scutatis} and {Notechis ater}, which grow up to 5 feet in length.

{Tiger wolf} (Zo["o]l.), the spotted hyena ({Hy[ae]na crocuta}).

{Tiger wood}, the variegated heartwood of a tree ({Mach[ae]rium Schomburgkii}) found in Guiana. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Tiger — Bengaltiger (Panthera tigris tigris) Systematik Ordnung: Raubtiere (Carnivora) Überfamilie: Katzenartige (Feloidea) …   Deutsch Wikipedia

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  • tiger — (n.) O.E. tigras (pl.), also in part from O.Fr. tigre (mid 12c.), both from L. tigris tiger, from Gk. tigris, possibly from an Iranian source. The meaning shriek or howl at the end of a cheer is recorded from 1845, American English. Tiger s eye… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • tiger — ► NOUN 1) a large solitary cat with a yellow brown coat striped with black, native to the forests of Asia. 2) (also tiger economy) a dynamic economy of one of the smaller East Asian countries, especially that of Singapore, Taiwan, or South Korea …   English terms dictionary

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