Belonging to, or having the characteristics of, the division Aeluroidea of Carnivora, comprising the feline and allied families; as an animal of this division.
Divination or prophecy by observing a cat's manner of jumping.
aeluromania, ailuromania, eluromania (s) (nouns)
; aeluromanias, ailuromanias, eluromanias (pl)
1. An absurd desire to have many cats to such a degree that some people have been known to have dozens of cats in an apartment or house.
2. An intense enthusiasm for having many cats around; sometimes, even when conditions are not suitable for their existence.
3. An abnormal love of cats.
aelurophile (s) (noun)
, aelurophiles (pl)
A person who has a special love of, or a fondness for, cats: Lynn's sister must be an aelurophile because she absolutely adores her little purring fuzzball.
aelurophilic, ailurophilic (s) (adjective)
; more aelurophilic, more ailurophilic; most aelurophilic, most ailurophilic
A reference to anyone who has a special fondness for cats.
aelurophobe, ailurophobe, elurophobe (s) (noun)
; aelurophobes, ailurophobes, elurophobes (pl)
Someone who has a terrible fear of cats: Linda’s friend, who is an aelurophobe
, loves dogs, but dreads coming in contact with Linda’s tabby, because he was scratched very badly by a feline once as a child.
aelurophobia, ailurophobia, elurophobia (s) (noun)
; aelurophobias, ailurophobias, elurophobias (pl)
An excessive or abnormal terror or panic of being close to any felines: Usually anyone who has aelurophobia
dreads the thought that he or she might be clawed by them.
Some people react with shortness of breath, rapid heartbeat, or feelings of extreme anxiety just at the sight of a cat, while for others, aelurophobia is induced only if the creature comes very close or touches them.
In its most abnormal condition, a person who has an ailurophobia may stay home in order to avoid encountering a cat in the street or, in extreme cases, of even seeing one when he or she is in a vehicle.
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aelurophobic, ailurophobic, elurophobic (adjective)
; more aelurophobic, most aelurophobic; more ailurophobic, most eilurophobic; more elurophobic, most elurophobic
Descriptive of someone who has a morbid, or deathly, horror or detestation of cats: Greg never went to visit his aunt because he was aelurophobic
and was unable to tolerate any contact with his aunt’s felines even though they were very friendly and well behaved.
In zoology, having feet with retractile claws like a cat.
The Cat Gecko or Aeluroscalabotes felinus
, is a species of gecko found in the countries of Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand.
It is the only species within the genus, Aeluroscalabotes, and the only genus found within the taxonomic subfamily Aeluroscalabotinae. It is commonly called the "Cat Gecko" because of its habit of curling up with its tail around itself when it sleeps, very much like a cat.
1. A common genus of lungworm in cats; land snails and slugs serve as intermediate hosts and snail-eating animals can serve as transport hosts.
2. Aelurostrongylus abstrusus
is a lungworm that causes verminous bronchitis or pneumonia in cats.
This "cat lungworm" is found in branches of the pulmonary artery where eggs are laid and hatch. The larvae break into the alveoli and ascend the air ducts to the mouth where they pass out with sputum or are swallowed and passed with the feces.
The larvae develop in the infective state in various terrestrial mollusks. Heaveily infected cats display coughing, diarrhea, and emaciation.
A group of the Carnivora, which includes the cats, civets, and hyenas.
Divination as determined by the way a cat jumps or moves: "Ailuromancy can involve a black cat crossing in front of someone as a bad omen in the U.S. and Germany, although it is considered fortunate in Britain. Owning a black cat is also considered to be a good divination."
"It is a widespread belief that killing or mistreating a cat will bring ill fortune, probably from ancient religious beliefs that cats were sacred animals."
1. A love of cats.
2. A fondness for cats or felines in general.
3. A cat fancier.
, more ailurophilous, most ailurophilous
Descriptive of a special love or fondness for cats.
Cross references of word families that are related directly, or indirectly, to: "cat":