from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. An order of Mammallia including the lion, tiger, wolf bear, seal, etc. They are adapted by their structure to feed upon flesh, though some of them, as the bears, also eat vegetable food. The teeth are large and sharp, suitable for cutting flesh, and the jaws powerful.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- [lowercase] In general, carnivorous animals; animals that feed on flesh.
- In Cuvier's system of classification, the carnivorous mammals proper; the Carnaria or Carnassia of Cuvier without the Insectivora, the Chiroptera, and the carnivorous Marsupialia, forming the third family of his Carnaria, and divided into the tribes Plantigrada, Digitigrada, and Amphibia (or Pinnigrada, the seals, etc.).
- In entomology, in Latreille's system, the first family of pentamerous Coleoptera, or beetles: synonymous with Adephaga.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. cats; lions; tigers; panthers; dogs; wolves; jackals; bears; raccoons; skunks; and members of the suborder Pinnipedia
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