One of a family of animals. Also known as the cat family, felines are carnivorous mammals posessing generous night vision, retractible claws and lithe, furry bodies.

See cat, cats, lynxie, leopard, cheetah, Domestic Cat, and tiger.

Fe"line (?), a. [L. felinus, fr. feles, felis, cat, prob. orig., the fruitful: cf. F. f'elin. See Fetus.]

1. Zool.

Catlike; of or pertaining to the genus Felis, or family Felidae; as, the feline race; feline voracity.

2.

Characteristic of cats; sly; stealthy; treacherous; as, a feline nature; feline manners.

 

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