One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mammal of the cat family ("Felidae" ); a wild cat.
- ‘Mustelids and felids were expected to have the strongest bites and canids the weakest.’
- ‘Additionally, not all of the taxa recognized as morphologically hypercarnivorous exhibit the very extreme specializations of felids.’
- ‘The lower jaw exhibits several characteristics superficially resembling those in some felids.’
- ‘It is a powerful cat to be tethered to, the largest felid in the New World; worldwide only the lion and the tiger beat it in size.’
- ‘Canids and, to a lesser extent, felids are present in the Tundran, Coniferan, and Deciduan subregions always as continuous carnivores.’
Late 19th century: from modern Latin Felidae (plural), from Latin feles ‘cat’.
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