Feline
Feline Fe"line, a. [L. felinus, fr. feles, felis, cat, prob. orig., the fruitful: cf. F. f['e]lin. See {Fetus}.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) Catlike; of or pertaining to the genus {Felis}, or family {Felid[ae]}; as, the feline race; feline voracity. [1913 Webster]

2. Characteristic of cats; sly; stealthy; treacherous; as, a feline nature; feline manners. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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