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feral

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[ feer-uhl, fer- ]
/ ˈfɪər əl, ˈfɛr- /
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adjective
existing in a natural state, as animals or plants; not domesticated or cultivated; wild.
having reverted to the wild state, as from domestication: a pack of feral dogs roaming the woods.
of or characteristic of wild animals; ferocious; brutal.
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Origin of feral

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1595–1605; <Medieval Latin, Late Latin ferālis bestial, wild, equivalent to Latin fer(a) wild beast + -ālis-al1

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Other definitions for feral (2 of 2)

feral2
[ feer-uhl, fer- ]
/ ˈfɪər əl, ˈfɛr- /

adjective
causing death; fatal.
funereal; gloomy.

Origin of feral

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First recorded in 1615–25, feral is from the Latin word fērālis of the dead, funerary, fatal
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British Dictionary definitions for feral (1 of 2)

feral1
/ (ˈfɪərəl, ˈfɛr-) /

adjective
Also: ferine (of animals and plants) existing in a wild or uncultivated state, esp after being domestic or cultivated
Also: ferine savage; brutal
Australian derogatory, slang (of a person) tending to be interested in environmental issues and having a rugged, unkempt appearance
noun
Australian derogatory, slang a person who displays such tendencies and appearance
Australian slang disgusting
Australian slang excellent

Word Origin for feral

C17: from Medieval Latin ferālis, from Latin fera a wild beast, from ferus savage

British Dictionary definitions for feral (2 of 2)

feral2
/ (ˈfɪərəl, ˈfɛr-) /

adjective archaic
astrology associated with death
gloomy; funereal

Word Origin for feral

C17: from Latin fērālis relating to corpses; perhaps related to ferre to carry
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Scientific definitions for feral

feral
[ fîrəl, fĕr- ]

Existing in a wild or untamed state, either naturally or having returned to such a state from domestication.
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