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[fee-lahyn] /ˈfi laɪn/

belonging or pertaining to the cat family, Felidae.
catlike; characteristic of animals of the cat family:
a feline tread.
sly, stealthy, or treacherous.
an animal of the cat family.
of, relating to, or belonging to the Felidae, a family of predatory mammals, including cats, lions, leopards, and cheetahs, typically having a round head and retractile claws: order Carnivora (carnivores)
resembling or suggestive of a cat, esp in stealth or grace
any animal belonging to the family Felidae; a cat

1680s, from Late Latin felinus “of or belonging to a cat,” from Latin feles (genitive felis) “cat, wild cat, marten,” of uncertain origin. As a noun, from 1861.
Characteristic of or resembling felids.


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