a genus of mostly small cats, including the domestic cat, margay, puma, and ocelot, sharing with certain cats of related genera an inability to roar due to ossification of the hyoid bone in the larynx.

Compare Panthera.

Origin of Felis

< New Latin (Linnaeus); Latin fēlis, fēlēs any of several small carnivores, including the wild cat
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Examples from the Web for felis

Historical Examples of felis

  • But there is only one true representative of the genus Felis, and that is the animal in question.

  • It does not appear that the true lions (Felis leo) had as yet entered Europe.

    Men of the Old Stone Age

    Henry Fairfield Osborn

  • I am in possession of hydatids from the liver of a clouded tiger (Felis macroscelis).


    T. Spencer Cobbold

  • There is no need to sketch him; the species is as well known as that of the felis domestica.

    Madame Firmiani

    Honore de Balzac

  • This is the Felis uncia, allied to the panther and the cheetah.

    Milton's Comus

    John Milton