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[feer-ahyn, -in]
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  1. feral1.
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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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Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • The only ferine companions we now had were a few hardy quadrupeds and birds, capable of enduring the winter.

British Dictionary definitions for ferine


  1. another word for feral 1, feral 1
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Word Origin

C17: from Latin ferīnus, of wild animals, from fera wild beast
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Word Origin and History for ferine


1630s, from Latin ferinus "pertaining to wild animals," from fera "wild beast" (see fierce).

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