Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Wild animals. See feræ naturæ, below.
- [capitalized] In the Linnean system of classification (1766), the third order of Mammalia, containing the ten Linnean genera Phoca, Canis, Felis, Viverra, Mustela, Ursus, Didelphys, Talpa, Sorex, and Erinaceus. Of these, the last three are insectivorous, and the seventh is marsupial. Excluding these four, and bringing in the genus Trichechus, which Linnæus placed in Bruta, the order becomes the following modern group:
- An order of Mammalia, the Carnivora of authors. It includes educabilian quadrupeds with teeth of three kinds, all enameled, the canines specialized, the toes clawed, the scaphoid and semilunar carpal bones consolidated into a single scapholunar bone, the placenta zonary deciduate, the brain with no calcarine sulcus, clavicles rudimentary or wanting, and the pelvis and hind limbs developed. The Feræ thus characterized include all the ordinary carnivorous mammals, and are divided into Fissipedia and Pinnipedia, the former containing the terrestrial forms, the latter the aquatic seals.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A group of mammals which formerly included the Carnivora, Insectivora, Marsupialia, and lemurs, but is now often restricted to the Carnivora.
“The American system (at least after 1860) was far better in that it followed the same principle as traditional libertarian ferae naturae: whoever got on the land first and worked it would wind up owning it.”
“The American system at least after 1860 was far better in that it followed the same principle as traditional libertarian ferae naturae: whoever got on the land first and worked it would wind up owning it.”
“On my property exam I spotted all of these crazy, but small issues, such as animus revertendi and ferae naturae.”
“Operationes plerumque ferae, etsi libera sit illa in essentia sua.”
“Quem non mille ferae, quem non Sthenelejus hostis,”
“A novalibus suis arcentur agricolae, dum ferae habeant vagandi libertatem: istis, ut pascua augeantur, praedia subtrahuntur, &c. Sarisburiensis.”
“Nihil omnino meliorem vitam degunt, quam ferae in silvis, jumenta in terris.”
“Cujusque ferae pabulum, saith  Seneca, impatient of heat and cold, impatient of labour, impatient of idleness, exposed to fortune's contumelies.”
“Pleni sunt libri quibus ferae in homines inflammatae fuerunt, in quibus ego quidem semper assensum sustinui, veritus ne fabulosa crederem; Donec vidi lyncem quem habui ab Assyria, sic affectum erga unum de meis hominibus, &c. 4673.”
“Immanitati autem consentaneum est opponere eam, quae supra humanitatem est, heroicam sive divinam virtutem; and a little after, Nam ut ferae neque vitium neque virtus est, swic neque Dei: sed hic quidem status altius quiddam virtute est, ille aluid quiddam a vitio.”
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