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tiger-cat, noun

Forms:
Also tyger-cat.
Origin:
South African DutchShow more Formed on South African Dutch tyger-bosch-kat ‘tiger-bush-cat’.
obsolescent
The serval Felis serval of the Felidae, with small head, long legs and neck, large ears, and an off-white to golden-yellow coat patterned with black spots and bars. See also wild cat (wild sense b). Cf. tiger sense 1.
Note:
The name is also used of other species throughout the world.
[1786 G. Forster tr. of A. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H. I. 151They have a third cat in Africa, which, in its motions and attitudes, is like our common cat, and is called at the Cape the tyger-kat, and the tyger bosch-kat.]
1971 S. Afr. Panorama Jan. 38The skin of a serval (tiger cat) was hung from the shoulders of the Chief Councillor.
The serval Felis serval of the Felidae, with small head, long legs and neck, large ears, and an off-white to golden-yellow coat patterned with black spots and bars.

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