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feline

[fee-lahyn] /ˈfi laɪn/
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 of feline
1675-1685
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),
noun
unfeline, adjective
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  • It is running like the feline it is, and I am being as careful as I can.

    Her Father's Daughter Gene Stratton-Porter
  • She scorned that, with a youthful scorn, the feline domination of Esther.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • With feline undulations of hip and shoulder, the secretary left the room at once.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • Amid all his tasks he moved with a sort of feline restlessness.

    Sacrifice

    Stephen French Whitman
  • Perhaps there was in her something of the feline; the instinct of the cat to gambol with its prey.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
British Dictionary definitions for feline

feline

/ˈfiːlaɪn/
adjective
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
noun
3.
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
adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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feline in Science
feline
  (fē'līn')   
Characteristic of or resembling felids.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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