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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
First recorded in 1690-1700 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Cyprien, as agile as a tiger cat, now stood by the side of the Commissioner.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • Mr. tiger cat took a long jump to the sill of a high window.

    Dooryard Stories

    Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • Suddenly he bounded forward like a tiger cat, uttering his war yell.

    The Tiger-Slayer Gustave Aimard
  • It was the matchi who looked at him with his tiger cat eyes.

    Last of the Incas Gustave Aimard
  • A few paces off, a tiger cat and a rattlesnake were preparing for a contest.

    The Prairie Flower Gustave Aimard
  • As for the other girl, he's got a tiger cat to fight in the 'de Santos.'

    The Little Lady of Lagunitas Richard Henry Savage
  • He felt as if he were promenading a tiger cat, that might stop any moment to fall upon him.

    The Woman-Hater Charles Reade
  • She would fight for Ernest as a tiger cat fights for its young.

    The House of the Vampire

    George Sylvester Viereck
  • Was that perhaps some craving leopard, a tiger cat, a panther?

  • I will pay off that tiger cat, Madame Louison, for her sneaking away.

    A Fascinating Traitor Richard Henry Savage
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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