FELINENESS

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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feline   (fē'līn')  Pronunciation Key 
Characteristic of or resembling felids.
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