Origin of ferine
1530–40; < Latin ferīnus, equivalent to fer(a) a wild animal (noun use of feminine of ferus wild) + -īnus -ine1
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Examples from the Web for ferine
They are now begun by first throwing a mob into a panic; they are ended only when it has spent its ferine fury.In Defense of Women
H. L. Mencken
He crouched like a beast, ferine—all the obscure and diabolic passion of him ready to spring.Where the Pavement Ends
The only ferine companions we now had were a few hardy quadrupeds and birds, capable of enduring the winter.
C17: from Latin ferīnus, of wild animals, from fera wild beast
Word Origin and History for ferine
1630s, from Latin ferinus "pertaining to wild animals," from fera "wild beast" (see fierce).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper