1. Of or belonging to the family Felidae, which includes the lions, tigers, jaguars, and wild and domestic cats; felid.
2. Suggestive of a cat, as in suppleness or stealthiness.
An animal of the family Felidae.
[Latin fēlīnus or Late Latin fēlīneus, both from Latin fēlēs, cat.]
feline′ness, fe·lini·ty (fĭ-lĭnĭ-tē) n.
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