native cat

  1. any of several catlike dasyures of the genus Dasyurus, of Australia and Tasmania: most populations are now rare.

Origin of native cat

First recorded in 1875–80

Words Nearby native cat Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use native cat in a sentence

  • But at the first mention of the native cat nearly every bird, and all the small game, prepared to get away.

    Dot and the Kangaroo | Ethel C. Pedley
  • I'm but a funny wild, little, spotted native cat, With claws and tail like a squirrel and a nose like a rat.

    Cole's Funny Picture Book No. 1 | Edward William Cole
  • They also saw strange birds, as well as the wild or native cat, which has been such a pest ever since in most parts of Australia.

  • We saw that the Australian moon-myth of Mityan was of a native cat.

    Moon Lore | Timothy Harley

British Dictionary definitions for native cat

native cat

  1. Australian any of various Australian catlike carnivorous marsupials of the genus Dasyurus

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