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  1. any animal of the family Felidae, comprising the cats.
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Origin of felid

1890–95; < New Latin Felidae; see Felis, -id2
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Historical Examples of felid

  • In all the Felid the opening of the eye changes most strikingly.

    Taxidermy and Zoological Collecting

    William T. Hornaday

  • Many species of Felid have bred in various menageries, although imported from various climates and closely confined.

  • Many writers at one time confounded these two Felid, and even classified them with the Indian tiger.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • His anatomical structure and general habits are those of the Felid, but the fur is crisper.

    The Desert World

    Arthur Mangin

  • In this country the most formidable of the Felid is the American panther or puma (Felis concolor).

felid in Science


  1. Any of various carnivorous mammals of the family Felidae, which includes the domesticated cat and big cats such as lions, tigers, panthers, lynxes, leopards, pumas, and cheetahs.
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