American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of various small wild felines, such as the ocelot, margay, or jaguarundi, that resemble the tiger in appearance or behavior.
- n. A domestic cat, especially a tabby, having markings like those of a tiger.
- n. A spotted dasyure (Dasyurus maculatus), the largest carnivorous marsupial in Australia.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Tasmania and parts of Australia, the spotted dasyure, Dasyurus maculatus, a marsupial of carnivorous habits.
- n. One of several streaked or spotted cats of the family Felidæ and genus Felis: so called from their resemblance to the tiger in markings or in ferocity, though they are all much smaller, and range down to the size of a large house-cat. These cats are numerous in both hemispheres, and the name has no specific meaning without a qualifying term. The clouded tiger-cat, F. macroscelis, of the East Indies is perhaps the largest and handsomest. The American ocelot is a tiger-cat, and others have their distinctive names, as chati, serval, and margay. See these words, and cuts under
- n. A mongrel or hybrid between the wildcat of Europe (F. catus) and the domestic cat.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) any one of several species of wild cats of moderate size with dark transverse bars or stripes somewhat resembling those of the tiger.
- n. medium-sized wildcat of Central America and South America having a dark-striped coat
- n. a cat having a striped coat
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