- belonging or pertaining to the cat family, Felidae.
- catlike; characteristic of animals of the cat family: a feline tread.
- sly, stealthy, or treacherous.
- an animal of the cat family.
Origin of feline
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- 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
- any animal belonging to the family Felidae; a cat
C17: from Latin fēlīnus, from fēlēs cat
Word Origin and History for felinity
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Characteristic of or resembling felids.
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