[ fee-lahyn ]
/ ˈfi laɪn /
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.
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Origin of feline
Related formsfe·line·ly, adverbfe·line·ness, fe·lin·i·ty [fi-lin-i-tee] /fɪˈlɪn ɪ ti/, nounun·fe·line, adjective
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Examples from the Web for felinity
Humanity is superior to equinity, felinity, caninity; but there are degrees of humanness.Concerning Children|Charlotte Perkins Gilman
British Dictionary definitions for felinity
/ (ˈfiːlaɪn) /
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 Formsfelinely, adverbfelineness 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
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
Science definitions for felinity
[ fē′līn′ ]
Characteristic of or resembling felids.
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