tigri-, tigr-, tiger

(Greek > Latin > Old French: swift animal)

Related to "arrow" and "pointed" thus probably describing a tiger as "swift as an arrow"; said to be a word of Iranian origin.

1. A large carnivorous feline mammal, having a tawny coat with transverse black stripes.
2. Panthera tigris, of Asia; ranging in several races from India and the Malay Peninsula to Siberia: the entire species is endangered, with some races thought to be extinct; any of a variety of other similar felines.
3. A fierce, aggressive, or audacious person.
1. A female tiger.
2. A fierce, aggressive, or audacious woman.
3. A woman resembling a tiger, as in fierceness or courage.
tigrish, tigerish
1. Tigerlike, as in strength, fierceness, courage, or coloration.
2. Fiercely cruel; bloodthirsty, relentless.
Resembling a tiger or tiger's skin; marked like a tiger; having the characteristics of a tiger (fierce, aggressive, etc.).
A branch of zoology that specializes in the study of tigers.