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[fee-lahyn] /ˈfi laɪn/
belonging or pertaining to the cat family, Felidae.
catlike; characteristic of animals of the cat family:
a feline tread.
sly, stealthy, or treacherous.
an animal of the cat family.
Origin of feline
1675-85; < Latin fēl(ēs) (see Felis) + -ine1; compare Late Latin fēlīneus of a wild cat
Related forms
felinely, adverb
felineness, felinity
[fi-lin-i-tee] /fɪˈlɪn ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
unfeline, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for feline
  • Your dog knows in a sniff if you have been cavorting with the despised feline next door or fingering his favorite treats.
  • Thank you for your diligence for the preservation of one of the last large feline species.
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  • Purring may provide a basis for this feline mythology.
  • The domestic feline brain has been shrinking for thousands of years.
  • Scientists studied the physics of feline drinking.
  • The rodents pick up toxoplasma from feline droppings, thereby completing the circle for the parasite.
  • With the use of high-speed photography, the neatness of the feline solution has been captured.
  • House cats bred to resemble toy tigers are the latest feline fancy.
  • The argument is that canine kind is not going to generate a feline be it housecat, tiger, or cougar.
British Dictionary definitions for feline


of, relating to, or belonging to the Felidae, a family of predatory mammals, including cats, lions, leopards, and cheetahs, typically having a round head and retractile claws: order Carnivora (carnivores)
resembling or suggestive of a cat, esp in stealth or grace
any animal belonging to the family Felidae; a cat
Derived Forms
felinely, adverb
felineness, felinity (fɪˈlɪnɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin fēlīnus, from fēlēs cat
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Word Origin and History for feline

1680s, from Late Latin felinus "of or belonging to a cat," from Latin feles (genitive felis) "cat, wild cat, marten," of uncertain origin. As a noun, from 1861.

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feline in Science
Characteristic of or resembling felids.
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