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feral1

[feer-uh l, fer-] /ˈfɪər əl, ˈfɛr-/
adjective
1.
existing in a natural state, as animals or plants; not domesticated or cultivated; wild.
2.
having reverted to the wild state, as from domestication:
a pack of feral dogs roaming the woods.
3.
of or characteristic of wild animals; ferocious; brutal.
Origin of feral1
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin ferālis bestial, wild, equivalent to Latin fer(a) wild beast + -ālis -al1

feral2

[feer-uh l, fer-] /ˈfɪər əl, ˈfɛr-/
adjective
1.
causing death; fatal.
2.
funereal; gloomy.
Origin
1615-25; < Latin fērālis of the dead, funerary, fatal
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feral1

/ˈfɪərəl; ˈfɛr-/
adjective
1.
Also ferine. (of animals and plants) existing in a wild or uncultivated state, esp after being domestic or cultivated
2.
Also ferine. savage; brutal
3.
(Austral, derogatory, slang) (of a person) tending to be interested in environmental issues and having a rugged, unkempt appearance
noun
4.
(Austral, derogatory, slang) a person who displays such tendencies and appearance
5.
(Austral, slang) disgusting
6.
(Austral, slang) excellent
Word Origin
C17: from Medieval Latin ferālis, from Latin fera a wild beast, from ferus savage

feral2

/ˈfɪərəl; ˈfɛr-/
adjective (archaic)
1.
(astrology) associated with death
2.
gloomy; funereal
Word Origin
C17: from Latin fērālis relating to corpses; perhaps related to ferre to carry
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Word Origin and History for feral
adj.

c.1600, from Middle French feral "wild," from Latin fera, in phrase fera bestia "wild animal," from ferus "wild" (see fierce).

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feral in Science
feral
  (fîr'əl, fěr'-)   
Existing in a wild or untamed state, either naturally or having returned to such a state from domestication.
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