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  • n. Any of the large extinct cats of the family Nimravidae.


From Nimrod + Latin avus ("ancestor") +‎ -id. (Wiktionary)



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  • "A large cat-like carnivorous mammal of the extinct family Nimravidae.
    The nimravids are sometimes called the ‘false sabretooths’, in distinction from similar extinct animals belonging to the family Felidae." (OED)

    September 8, 2008