red cat, noun phrase

South African Dutch, AfrikaansShow more Translation of South African Dutch roode kat, later Afrikaans rooikat.
The rooikat (sense 1), Felis caracal.
1731 G. Medley tr. of P. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H. II. 127There are a few that are call’d Wild Red Cats. These have a streak of bright Red running along the Ridge of the Back, from the Neck to the Tail, and Losing its self in Gray and White on the sides.
1781 T. Pennant Hist. of Quadrupeds II. 564Wild Red Cat.
1887 A.A. Anderson 25 Yrs in Waggon I. 273As night advanced, the different wild animals began to move about, the red cat, a kind of panther, the wolf-jackals, and porcupine were very plentiful.
1970 S. Sharpe Informant, GrahamstownThe red-cats have been getting my sheep.
The rooikat (sense 1), Felis caracal.

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