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[fee-lis] /ˈfi lɪs/
a genus of mostly small cats, including the domestic cat, margay, puma, and ocelot, sharing with certain cats of related genera an inability to roar due to ossification of the hyoid bone in the larynx.
Compare Panthera.
Origin of Felis
< New Latin (Linnaeus); Latin fēlis, fēlēs any of several small carnivores, including the wild cat Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But there is only one true representative of the genus Felis, and that is the animal in question.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • It does not appear that the true lions (Felis leo) had as yet entered Europe.

    Men of the Old Stone Age Henry Fairfield Osborn
  • I am in possession of hydatids from the liver of a clouded tiger (Felis macroscelis).

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
  • There is no need to sketch him; the species is as well known as that of the Felis domestica.

    Madame Firmiani Honore de Balzac
  • This is the Felis uncia, allied to the panther and the cheetah.

    Milton's Comus John Milton
  • Naturalists might assign it to the species "Tigris regalis," or "Felis pardus."

    Around The Tea-Table T. De Witt Talmage
  • The jaguar (Felis onza) is found now and then on the summits of the barrancas.

  • No beast that roams seems to go more by luck than Felis leo.

    The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
  • The cougar (Felis concolor) is the only indigenous long-tailed cat in America north of the parallel of 30 degrees.

    The Hunters' Feast Mayne Reid
  • The leopard (Felis pardus) is frequent in the warm regions and often ascends to considerable altitudes.

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