feline

[fee-lahyn]
adjective
1.
belonging or pertaining to the cat family, Felidae.
2.
catlike; characteristic of animals of the cat family: a feline tread.
3.
sly, stealthy, or treacherous.
noun
4.
an animal of the cat family.

Origin:
1675–85; < Latin fēl(ēs) (see Felis) + -ine1; compare Late Latin fēlīneus of a wild cat

felinely, adverb
felineness, felinity [fi-lin-i-tee] , noun
unfeline, adjective
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feline (ˈfiːlaɪn)
 
adj
1.  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)
2.  resembling or suggestive of a cat, esp in stealth or grace
 
n
3.  any animal belonging to the family Felidae; a cat
 
[C17: from Latin fēlīnus, from fēlēs cat]
 
'felinely
 
adv
 
'felineness
 
n
 
felinity
 
n

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feline
1681, from L.L. felinus "of or belonging to a cat," from L. feles (gen. felis) "cat, wild cat, marten," of uncertain origin.
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Science Dictionary
feline   (fē'līn')  Pronunciation Key 
Characteristic of or resembling felids.
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Example sentences
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.
If you'd wear more of those slinky items, they wouldn't sit all folded up in
  the cabinet to attract the bald feline.
Purring may provide a basis for this feline mythology.
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