any of several felines, as the ocelot or margay, that resemble the tiger in coloration or ferocity but are smaller.
a spotted marsupial cat, Dasyurus (Dasyurops) maculatus.
a domestic cat having a striped coat resembling that of a tiger.
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How to use tiger cat in a sentence
“I think I never saw such a tiger cat,” remarked the old gentleman when she had finished.A Daughter of the Union | Lucy Foster Madison
And then, to his astonishment, this tiger-cat became suddenly metamorphosed into a dove.The Doomsman | Van Tassel Sutphen
The animal called the margay is really a kind of small ocelot, and it is sometimes known as the tiger-cat.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History | Theodore Wood
We were merely talking about a certain dishonest parson who rode in hay-carts, when the fellow sprang on Jones like a tiger-cat.St. Winifred's | Frederic W. Farrar
There was no way of escape for him, however, and he sprang like a tiger-cat at the ensign.The Disputed V.C. | Frederick P. Gibbon
British Dictionary definitions for tiger cat
a medium-sized feline mammal, Felis tigrina, of Central and South America, having a dark-striped coat
any similar feline with tiger-like markings, such as the margay
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