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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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  • The shooters met with a tiger cat, and saw many holes in the ground, like those of a warren.

    A Voyage to Terra Australis Matthew Flinders
  • Cyprien, as agile as a tiger cat, now stood by the side of the Commissioner.

    The Son of Monte Christo Jules Lermina
  • It was no longer the tiger cat, but the woman who gasped out a surprised response.

    Love Under Fire Randall Parrish
  • Mr. tiger cat took a long jump to the sill of a high window.

    Dooryard Stories Clara Dillingham Pierson
  • He was a wild in′-yao, was beautifully striped like the American “tiger cat,” and measured 35 inches from tip to tip.

    The Bontoc Igorot Albert Ernest Jenks
  • 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 picked up the tiger cat and passed him across to his master, leaning well over the ledge of the dumb waiter to do so.

    Six Girls and Bob Marion Ames Taggart
  • She would fight for Ernest as a tiger cat fights for its young.

    The House of the Vampire George Sylvester Viereck
  • A few paces off, a tiger cat and a rattlesnake were preparing for a contest.

    The Prairie Flower Gustave Aimard
  • Was that perhaps some craving leopard, a tiger cat, a panther?

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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