Felis is the largest genus in the Felidae (AKA cat) family, the others being Neofelis, Panthera, acinonyx, and lynx. Felis are distingusihable from other genuses by size and vocalization:

The genus includes housecats, oceolots, and many others.

Fe"lis (?), n. [L., cat.] Zool.

A genus of carnivorous mammals, including the domestic cat, the lion, tiger, panther, and similar animals.


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