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feral

Syllabification: fe·ral
Pronunciation: /ˈferəl
 
, ˈfirəl
 
/

Definition of feral in English:

adjective

1(Especially of an animal) in a wild state, especially after escape from captivity or domestication: a feral cat
More example sentences
  • The electricians will have to watch out for snakes in the water, wild animals and feral dogs.
  • The impact of both domestic and feral cats on small native animal wildlife and birds is a controversial issue in Australia.
  • If, however, the cat and kitten are feral, you might consider keeping the kitten.
Synonyms
wild, untamed, untamable, undomesticated, untrained
1.1Resembling a wild animal: a feral snarl
More example sentences
  • Max, with his feral sensitivity, was the first to hear someone approaching from the street.
  • Sturges was also quick to spot the feral intensity of Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine's brutal boorishness, using them to give Bad Day At Black Rock its seething core of twisted hatred.
  • He struck a match and the stranger came closer for a moment, bringing with him a feral smell.
Synonyms
fierce, ferocious, vicious, savage, predatory, menacing, bloodthirsty

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin fera 'wild animal' (from ferus 'wild') + -al.

Words that rhyme with feral

Errol

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