from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a natural family of lithe-bodied round-headed fissiped mammals, including the cats; wildcats; lions; leopards; cheetahs; and saber-toothed tigers.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The cat tribe; the typical family of feline or æluroid fissiped Feræ, or terrestrial digitigrade carnivorous mammals.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. cats; wildcats; lions; leopards; cheetahs; saber-toothed tigers
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For example, cats felidae are obligate carnivores– they must eat meat.
How long it is before they run out of big cats and start trawling the smaller members of the family felidae is a question that is not asked for some reason.
* Member of family viveridae [civets], which sort of occupies the ground between felidae [cats] & mustelidae [badgers & weasels].
Strange friendships are often formed between the lower animals of different species, but less often between man and the savage felidae, because of the former's inherent fear of the great cats.
The _fauna_ of the country embraces fifty-two varieties of mammal quadrupeds, including three species of large felidae -- the jaguar, the puma, or cougar, and the ocelot, a carnivorous cat-like animal, whose name is derived from the native Mexican word _ocelotl_.
The greatest enemies of mankind were once the felidae, and the theory now is that this type is made up of very definite elements, viz., sharp claws, stealthy tread, eyes that shine in the dark, power to leap far and suddenly, a uniquely developed voice, etc.
Well, no! The Turkoman felidae did not give me even that satisfaction!
He ran a few stretches, rose into the air, and, a second time, came down without touching the deer; and then, seeing that the latter had sped beyond his reach, according to the usual habit of all the _felidae_, he desisted from farther pursuit.
The lion is not a fast runner -- none of the true _felidae_ are.
In these are found most of the fur-bearing animals; and, on account of the greater warmth of the climate, the true _felidae_ -- the long-tailed cats -- here wander much farther north than upon the eastern side of the continent.