EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN adjective belonging or pertaining to the cat family, Felidae. catlike; characteristic of animals of the cat family: a feline tread. sly, stealthy, or treacherous. noun an animal of the cat family. Origin of feline 1675–85;
Late Latin fēlīneus
of a wild cat
Related forms fe·line·ly, adverb fe·line·ness, fe·lin·i·ty , [fi- lin-i-tee] /fɪˈlɪn ɪ ti/ noun un·fe·line, adjective
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Examples from the Web for felinity Historical Examples of felinity British Dictionary definitions for felinity adjective 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) resembling or suggestive of a cat, esp in stealth or grace noun Also: felid ( ˈfiːlɪd) any animal belonging to the family Felidae; a cat Derived Forms felinely, adverb felineness or felinity ( fɪˈlɪnɪtɪ), noun Word Origin for feline
C17: from Latin
fēlīnus, from fēlēs cat
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Word Origin and History for felinity 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.
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Characteristic of or resembling felids.
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