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A large cat-like carnivorous mammal of the extinct family Nimravidae.
Of or relating to the extinct family Nimravidae.
1980s; earliest use found in Journal of Mammalogy. From scientific Latin Nimravidae, family name from Nimravus, genus name (E. D. Cope 1879, in Proc. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 170; from Nimr- + classical Latin avus grandfather, ancestor: see avital) + -idae.
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