adjective Etymology: Latin ferinus, from fera Date: 1640 feral

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

(as lions, tigers, etc.), , , , , ,

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  • Ferine — Fe rine, a. [L. ferinus, fr. ferus wild. See {Fierce}.] Wild; untamed; savage; as, lions, tigers, wolves, and bears are ferine beasts. Sir M. Hale. n. A wild beast; a beast of prey. {Fe rine*ly}, adv. {Fe rine*ness}, n. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ferine — index harsh, ruthless Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • ferine — (adj.) 1630s, from L. ferinus pertaining to wild animals, from fera wild beast (see FIERCE (Cf. fierce)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • ferine — [fir′īn, fir′in] adj. [L ferinus < ferus, FIERCE] FERAL …   English World dictionary

  • ferine — adjective /ˈfɪəɹaɪn/ Pertaining to wild animals; feral. the season of rutting (an uncouth phrase, by which the vulgar denote that gentle dalliance, which in the well wooded forest of Hampshire, passes between lovers of the ferine kind) …   Wiktionary

  • ferine — /fear uyn, in/, adj. feral1. [1530 40; < L ferinus, equiv. to fer(a) a wild animal (n. use of fem. of ferus wild) + inus INE1] * * * …   Universalium

  • ferine — adj. wild, untamed; brutal; feral …   English contemporary dictionary

  • ferine — refine …   Anagrams dictionary

  • ferine — a. Wild (as lions, tigers, etc.), untamed, ferocious, savage, fierce, ravenous, rapacious …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • ferine — fe·rine …   English syllables

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