• WordNet 3.6
    • n Felidae cats; wildcats; lions; leopards; cheetahs; saber-toothed tigers
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n felidae The cat tribe; the typical family of feline or æluroid fissiped Feræ, or terrestrial digitigrade carnivorous mammals. Their distinguishing characters are: normally retractile claws; palms and soles hairy; muzzle blunt, and profile of head declivous; teeth 28 or 30, with only one true molar in each jaw, of which the upper is small and tubercular and the lower sectorial; premolars or , canines , incisors the skull with no alisphenoid canal; the auditory bulla divided into two chambers; the paroccipital process close to the bulla; the mastoid process slight; the external auditory meatus short; intestines with a cæcum; prostate and Cowper's glands present; and the penis-bone rudimentary. The domestic cat is a characteristic example, all the species having the same family traits and habits as well as structure. They are numerous, distributed over nearly all parts of the world excepting the Australian region, especially in temperate and tropical countries; none is common to the old and new worlds. The family is very homogeneous, and all the species were formerly included in the genus Felis. It includes, besides the common cat, the lion, tiger, jaguar, leopard, panther, cougar, ocelot, ounce, caracal, serval, lynx, chetah, etc. The Felidæ are divisible into three subfamilies: Felinæ, the true cats; Guepardinæ, the hunting-leopards; and Machærodontinæ, the fossil saber-toothed tigers. See these words.
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In literature:

Amongst mammals, we see it strikingly displayed in Bats, and in a lesser degree in the Felidae and Canidae.
"On the Origin of Species" by Charles Darwin
The Turkoman felidae did not give me even that satisfaction!
"The Adventures of a Special Correspondent" by Jules Verne
The species of Felidae given in chap.
"Logic" by Carveth Read
The woman in question, Felida X., has been transformed.
"Real Ghost Stories" by William T. Stead
Amongst mammals, we see it strikingly displayed in Bats, and in a lesser degree in the Felidae and Canidae.
"On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection" by Charles Darwin
Many species of Felidae have bred in various menageries, although imported from various climates and closely confined.
"The Variation of Animals and Plants Under Domestication, Volume II (of 2)" by Charles Darwin
Felida, case of double personality, 59.
"Mysterious Psychic Forces" by Camille Flammarion
Their general structure is like that of the Felidae; but they differ in a number of skeletal features.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
In one year the Felidae alone consumed beef, mutton, and horseflesh to the value of L1,367.
"Curiosities of Civilization" by Andrew Wynter

In news:

Shelley Cole drops daughter Bailey Cole, 6, off at Felida Elementary School -- home of the Falcons -- in May 2011 in Vancouver.
The tiger ( Panthera tigris ) is the largest member of the Felidae family.
Felida family paleo and proud.
Facts and stats about the tiger (Panthera tigris): the largest member of the Felidae family and one of the world's most recognizable and beloved carnivores.
Felida: Georgina Cayan, from left, Carrie Campbell, Linda Johnson and Lela Miller are sending tote bags out into the wide world.

In science:

Tiger is also part of the felidae family, which includes small cats, such as the familiar house cat of the genus Felis.
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