Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.pl. A group of mammals which formerly included the Carnivora, Insectivora, Marsupialia, and lemurs, but is now often restricted to the Carnivora.

from The 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.
  • An order of Mammalia, the Carnivora of authors.

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Examples

  • 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 Volokh Conspiracy » Venezuela

  • 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 Volokh Conspiracy » Venezuela

  • On my property exam I spotted all of these crazy, but small issues, such as animus revertendi and ferae naturae.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » A Common Law School Exam Mistake

  • Operationes plerumque ferae, etsi libera sit illa in essentia sua.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Quem non mille ferae, quem non Sthenelejus hostis,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • A novalibus suis arcentur agricolae, dum ferae habeant vagandi libertatem: istis, ut pascua augeantur, praedia subtrahuntur, &c. Sarisburiensis.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Nihil omnino meliorem vitam degunt, quam ferae in silvis, jumenta in terris.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Cujusque ferae pabulum, saith [1748] Seneca, impatient of heat and cold, impatient of labour, impatient of idleness, exposed to fortune's contumelies.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • 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.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • 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.

    The Advancement of Learning

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