Definition of feline in English:

feline

Line breaks: fe¦line
Pronunciation: /ˈfiːlʌɪn
 
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adjective

  • 1Relating to or affecting cats or other members of the cat family: feline leukaemia
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    • Having just recently lost a very favourite feline member of our household, the title caught my eye immediately.
    • And the feline family ‘plays’ with its food before eating it, taunting and chasing their prey.
    • My cat, being a fully paid-up member of the fastidious feline world, now refuses to eat anything else.
  • 1.1Resembling or suggestive of a cat: he moved with feline grace
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    • Unafraid and unhurried, the great black beast padded silently down the centre of the trail, not quite a cat but a fluid feline shape.
    • There were two eyes, oval in shape and quite feline in their appearance, riding above a long, thin, pointed nose.
    • She had four legs with large clawed paws beneath her white-furred feline shape.
    Synonyms
    catlike, leonine; graceful, sleek, sinuous, slinky, sensual; stealthy

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Derivatives

felinity

Pronunciation: /fɪˈlɪnɪti/
noun
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  • She smiled in satisfaction and walked with an uncanny felinity, calling out.
  • She very nearly made Edie feel inadequate by the sheer felinity of her movements, by the sensuous grace of her silent prowl, the lively flicks of her tail.

Origin

late 17th century: from Latin felinus, from feles 'cat'.

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