AskDefine | Define feline

Dictionary Definition

feline adj : of or relating to cats; "feline fur" n : any of various lithe-bodied round-headed fissiped mammals many with retractile claws [syn: felid]

User Contributed Dictionary



From Latin felinus, from felis, cat


  • /ˈfiːlaɪn/, /"fi:laIn/


  1. Of, or pertaining to, the cat.

Related terms



Substantive use of the adjective feline, from Latin felinus


  1. A cat; member of the cat family Felidae.


See also



feline p

Extensive Definition

Felinae is a subfamily of the family Felidae which includes the genera and species listed below. Most are small to medium-sized cats, although the group does include some larger animals, such as the Cougar and Cheetah. The earliest records of the Felinae are ascribed Felis attica from the late Miocene (9 Ma) of western Eurasia.


feline in Catalan: Feliní
feline in Czech: Malé kočky
feline in German: Kleinkatzen
feline in Spanish: Felinae
feline in French: Felinae
feline in Korean: 고양이아과
feline in Italian: Felinae
feline in Luxembourgish: Klengkazen
feline in Lithuanian: Mažosios katės
feline in Hungarian: Macskaformák
feline in Japanese: ネコ亜科
feline in Norwegian: Mindre kattedyr
feline in Norwegian Nynorsk: Små kattedyr
feline in Occitan (post 1500): Felinae
feline in Russian: Малые кошки
feline in Finnish: Felinae
feline in Swedish: Felinae
feline in Turkish: Küçük kediler
feline in Chinese: 猫亚科

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