feral

1
[feer-uh l, fer-]

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.

Nearby words

  1. fer,
  2. fer de lance,
  3. fer-de-lance,
  4. fera,
  5. ferae naturae,
  6. feral child,
  7. ferbam,
  8. ferber,
  9. ferber, edna,
  10. ferberite

Origin of feral

1
1595–1605; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin ferālis bestial, wild, equivalent to Latin fer(a) wild beast + -ālis -al1

feral

2
[feer-uh l, fer-]

adjective

causing death; fatal.
funereal; gloomy.

Origin of feral

2
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

feral

1

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

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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Word Origin and History for feral

feral

adj.

c.1600, from Middle French feral "wild," from Latin fera, in phrase fera bestia "wild animal," from ferus "wild" (see fierce).

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Science 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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