Definition of European wildcat

1. Noun. Bushy-tailed wildcat of Europe that resembles the domestic cat and is regarded as the ancestor of the domestic cat.

Exact synonyms: Catamountain, Felis Silvestris
Group relationships: Felis, Genus Felis
Generic synonyms: Wildcat

Definition of European wildcat

1. Noun. ''Felis silvestris silvestris'', a subspecies of the wildcat. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of European Wildcat

European swamp thistle
European swamp thistles
European swift
European tarantula
European thimbleweed
European thimbleweeds
European toad
European tortoise
European turkey oak
European water ouzel
European water shrew
European water vole
European water voles
European white birch
European white lily
European wildcat (current term)
European wildcats
European wolf spider
European wood mouse
European woolly thistle

Literary usage of European wildcat

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Journal of Heredity by American Genetic Association (1917)
"As soon as the domestic breed became established in Europe it began to cross and still does cross freely with the European wildcat (Felis catus). ..."

2. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1920)
"The other European wildcat and the North American wildcats are lynxes, formerly set apart in a separate genus (Lynx); but most modern zoologists do not do ..."

3. The Doctrine of Descent and Darwinism by Schmidt (Eduard Oskar) (1876)
"... doubt its origin partly from a Nubian species, and partly from the European wildcat. The inferences thus moved in a circle ; forms belong to the same ..."

4. Nature's Strongholds: The World's Great Wildlife Reserves by Laura Riley, William Riley (2005)
"... marshes, and riverine forest and salt grasslands with many rare plant species and an important European wildcat population, also essential breeding, ..."

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