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noun

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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Origin of tiger cat

First recorded in 1690–1700
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tiger cat

noun

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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