Pets and other beasties

Main Entry: 1cat
Pronunciation: \ˈkat\
Function: noun
Usage: often attributive
Etymology: Middle English, from Old English catt, probably from Late Latin cattus, catta cat
Date: before 12th century

1 a : a carnivorous mammal (Felis catus) long domesticated as a pet and for catching rats and mice b : any of a family (Felidae) of carnivorous usually solitary and nocturnal mammals (as the domestic cat, lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, cougar, wildcat, lynx, and cheetah)
2 : a malicious woman
3 : a strong tackle used to hoist an anchor to the cathead of a ship
4 a : catboat b : catamaran
5 : cat-o’-nine-tails
6 : catfish
7 a : a player or devotee of jazz b : guy

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