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tiger cat

any of several felines, as the ocelot or margay, that resemble the tiger in coloration or ferocity but are smaller.
a spotted marsupial cat, Dasyurus (Dasyurops) maculatus.
a domestic cat having a striped coat resembling that of a tiger.
Origin of tiger cat
1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Before we could get our guns ready, both partridges and tiger-cat had disappeared.

    In New Granada W.H.G. Kingston
  • The sheepman swept him with one of his side-long, tiger-cat glances.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • "Ha—ha—-prenez garde—my tiger-cat has kittens," he laughed; and he looked over his shoulder.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • Their physiognomy reminds one of an Owl or tiger-cat (Bates).

  • Wild thoughts of vengeance coursed through her brain: she felt like a tiger-cat that was being robbed of its young.

    The Bronze Eagle Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
  • My great-grandfather was a catamount and his grandmother was a tiger-cat.

    Miss Elliot's Girls Mrs Mary Spring Corning
  • So saying, he sprang, with a bound like that of a tiger-cat, against the throat of the woollen-draper.

    Jack Sheppard, Vol. I (of III) W. Harrison Ainsworth
  • And then, to his astonishment, this tiger-cat became suddenly metamorphosed into a dove.

    The Doomsman Van Tassel Sutphen
  • tiger-cat, kuching-rimau (said to feed on vegetables as well as flesh).

    The History of Sumatra William Marsden
  • For a moment I was startled, and stepped back; the creature flew at me with the ferocity of a tiger-cat!

    Vendetta Marie Corelli
British Dictionary definitions for tiger-cat

tiger cat

a medium-sized feline mammal, Felis tigrina, of Central and South America, having a dark-striped coat
any similar feline with tiger-like markings, such as the margay
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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