bush-cat, noun

Origin:
South African DutchShow more Probably translation of South African Dutch boschkat, bosch bush, forest + kat cat. See also quotation 1731.
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The serval, Felis serval of the Felidae.
1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. II. 127There is another sort, call’d the Bush-Cat, from its keeping mostly in Bushes and Hedges. ’Tis spotted something like a Tiger, and is the largest of all the Wild Cats in the Cape Countries.
1780 G. Forster in Phil. Trans. of Royal Soc. LXXI. 2The common Bush-cat of the Cape.
1821 C.I. Latrobe Jrnl of Visit 358A dragoon gave me the skin of a bush-cat..a fierce, but beautiful animal, about three feet and a half feet long.
1860 D.L.W. Stainbank Diary. (Killie Campbell Africana Library KCM8680) 26 Jan.A great many fowls have been taken off by the bush cats out of the hen-house.
The serval, Felis serval of the Felidae.

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