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erroneous writ be delivered to the sheriff, and he Shall that victorious hand be feebled here,
execute it, he shall have his fees, though the That in your chambers gave you chastisement ?
writ be erroneous.
1 Stalk. 332. It seems to

Id. King John. be laid down in the old books as a distinction,

Feeble minds, when they meet with crosses they that upon an extent of land upon a statute, the looked not for, repent of their good beginnings, and sheriff is to have his fees, so much per pound

wish any difficulty rather than that they find.

Bp. Hall's Comtemplations. according to the statute immediately; but that

How I have loved, excuse my faltering tongue ; upon an elegit he is not to have them till the

My spirits feeble, and my pains are strong. Dryden. liberate. Poph. 156. Winch. 51. S. P.

Like mine, thy gentle numbers feebly creep, Fees are now recoverable by an action for

Thy tragic muse gives smiles, thy comick sleep. money had and received, which has been intro

Id. duced in lieu of an assise. Money given to A. Rhyme is a crutch that helps the weak along, and claimed by B. as perquisites of office, con- Supports the feeble, but retards the strong. not be recovered by B. in such action, unless

Smith. such perquisites be known and accustomed fees, Some in their latter years, through the feebleness of such as the legal officer could have recovered their limbs, have been forced to study upon their


South. from A. 6 Term. Rep. K. B. 681, 3. Action on the case lies for an attorney for his

We carry the image of God in us, & rational and fees, against him that retained him in his cause :

immortal soul; and though we be now miserable and and attorneys are not to be dismissed by their feeble, yet we aspire after eternal happiness, and clients till their fees are paid. 1 Lil. 142. But finally expect a great exaltation of all our natural


Bentley. attorneys are not to demand more than their just

The hand of God sheltered this feeble plant from fees; nor to be allowed fees to counsel without the storm, and by his care it was reared, and cultitickets, or the signature of counsel, &c. Stat. 3 vated, and brought to maturity. Robertson's Sermon. Jac. I c. 7. An attorney may have action of

Daughter of woe! ere morn, in vain caressed, debt for his fees, and also of counsel, and costs

Clung the cold babe, upon thy milkless breast, of suit : as a counsellor is not bound to give With feeble cries thy last sad aid required, counsel till he has his fee, it is said he can have Stretched its stiff limbs, and on thy lap expired! no action for it: though it has been held other

Darwin. wise, F. N. B. 121. Brownl. 73. 31 H. VI. Another, hideous sight! unseamed appears, c. 9.

His gory chest unveils life's panting source ; Fee Farm is a tenure without homage, fealty, Though death-struck, still his feeble frame he rears; or other service, except that mentioned in the Staggering, but stemming all, his lord unharmed he feoffment; which is usually the full rent, or at


Byron. least a fourth part of it. The nature of this tenure FEED, v. a., v. n. & n. s. Sax. fedan, fædan; is, that if the rent be behind, and unpaid for two FEEDER, n. S. years, then the feoffer and his heirs may have an fede ; Icl. fodr. To supply with nutriment; to action for the recovery of the lands.

nourish; entertain : hence to supply generally; FEE'BLE, adj. & v. a. Fr. foible; Ital. to graze; consume by cattle; fatten: as a neuter FEE'BLEMINDED, adj.


, from Lat. fler- verb, to take food; live by eating; to prey; to FEE'BLENESS, n. s. ibilis, pliant. Weak; pasture: as a substantive, feed is used synonyFEE'BLESSE,

infirm; debilitated: mously with food, also for a meal, and a given FEE'BLY, adv.

as a verb, to render quantity of food : a feeder is either one who now more commonly used with the pre- gives food, or one who eats ; hence one who fix en (enfeeble): Spenser uses feeblesse, pro- excites or encourages : also one who is devoted bably after the Old Fr. febles, for feebleness; to the training or feeding of cattle for market or state of weakness, or infirmity.

otherwise. Whapne thou makist a feest clepe pore men, feble,

If a man shall cause a field to be eaten, and sball crokid, and blinde : and thou schalt be blessid. put in his beast, and shall feed in another man's

Wiclif. Luk xiv.

field, he shall make restitution. Erod. xxii. 5. Warn them that are unruly, comfort the feeble

Barbarossa learned the strength of the emperor, minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. craftily feeding him with the hope of liberty. 1 Thess.

Knolles. Thenceforth the waters waxed dull and slow,

To feed were best at home;
And all that drunk thereof did faint and feeble grow.

From thence the sawce to meet is ceremony ;

Meeting were bare without it.
Or as a castle reared high and round,

Shakspeare. Macbeth. By subtile engines and malicious slight

You cry against the noble senate, who, Is undermined from the lowest ground,

Under the gods, keep you in awe, which else And her foundation forced and feebled quite.

} goth. Fodun Dan


Would feed on one another. Id. Coriolanus.

id. Faerie Queene. When thou do'st hear I am as I have been, They passing forth kept on her readie way, Approach me, and thou shalt be as thou was't With easie steps so soft as foot could stryde,

The tutor and the feeder of my riots. Shakspeare. Both for great feeblesse, which did oft assay

But that our feasts Faire Amoret that scarcely she could ryde,

In every mess have folly, and the feeders And eke through heavie armes.

Jest with it as a custom, I should blush A better head Rome's glorious body fits,

To see you so attired.

Id. Than his that shakes for age and feebleness. Besides his cote, his flocks and bounds of feed Shakspeare. Are now on sale.

Id, As You Like It.


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The alteration of scenes, so it be without noise, When I can be profusely fed
feeds and relieves the eye, before it be full of the With crumbs of his ambrosial bread.
Salle object.


Cunningham. The Dove. Ode 9. Galen speakech of the curing of the scirrhus of the

Though laden, not encumbered with her spoil ; liver by milk of a cow, that feedeth upon certain berbs. Laborious, yet unconscious of her toil;


When copiously supplied, then most enlarged; At his bed's feet feeden his stalled teme, Still to be fed, and not to be surcharged. Cowper. Bis swine beneath, his pallen ore the beame.

Bp. Hall's Satires. Till canker taints the vegetable blood, The beast obeys his keeper, and looks up,

Mines round the bark, and feeds upon the wood.

Daruin. Not to his master's, but his feeder's hand.

Denham. What followers, what retinue canst thou gain ?

FEEJEE, FIDGEE, or Prince William's Islands, Or at thy heels the dizzy multitude,

are a group of islands on the South Pacific

Ocean, the exact number and extent of which Longer than thou canst feed them on thy cost ?

Milton. are not yet ascertained. They are said to be Plenty hung

situated from about 15° 33' to 19° 15' of S. lat. ; Tempting so nigb, to pluck and eat my fill and to about 175° of E. Jong. The missionary I spared not: for such pleasure till that hour ship Duff counted from fifteen to twenty. They At feed or fountain never had I found. Id.

are equally fertile as the generality of the islands Upon the roses it would feed

in the South Pacific, and produce the same kinds Until its lips e'en seemed to bleed :

of roots and fruits.

Sandal wood is plentiful, And then to me 't would boldly trip,

and attempts have been made to introduce this And print those roses on my lip. Marvell.

valuable tree from hence into Tongataboo, but bone birds feed upon the berries of this vegetable.

without success. The inhabitants are a ferocious

Browne. We meet in Aristotle with one kind of thrush, called race, and greatly dreaded by their neighbours; the missel thrush, or feeder upon misselto.

being said to be cannibals in the strictest sense

Id. Vulgar Errours. of the word. Englishmen have seen numerous A fearful deer then looks most about when he comes baskets of human flesh, and many bodies of fallen to the best feed, with a shrugging kind of tremour enemies and slaughtered captives devoured. The through all her principal parts.

Sidney. stature and appearance of the Feejeeans is supeThe brachmans were all of the same race, lived in rior to those of the Friendly Islands, their comfelds and Foods, and fed only upon rice, milk, or plexion is darker, and their bair approaches herbs.


more to a woolly texture. Their rms are neatly He feeds on fruits, which of their own accord,

fashioned, their canoes of better workmanship, The willing grounds and laden trees afford.

and they are more industrious in their habits also Dryden.

than most of their neighbours. They supply the Her heart and bowels throngh her back he drew, And fed the bounds that helped him to pursue. Id.

Friendly Islands with the feathers of a red parBut such fine feeders are no guests for me ;

roquet, with vessels of earthenware, stone for Riot agrees not with frugality :

their hatchets, and all their cutting implements. Then, that unfashionable man am I,

It is uncertain what kind of government prevails. With me they'd starve for want of ivory. Id. Some of them have been supposed subject to The frost will spoil the grass ; for which reason Tongataboo, but this is very doubtful. These take care to feed it close before Winter.

islands were originally discovered by Tasman in

Mortimer's Husbandry. the year 1643, who named the more northern The breadth of the bottom of the hopper must be Prince William's Island, and Heemskirk's shoals. · half the length of a barleycorn, and near as long as

They were seen by captain Bligh in 1789 and the rollers, that it may not feed them too fast. Id. An old worked ox fats as well as a young one, anchored, in a merchant-ship, at a bay on the

1792 ; and in the year 1794 captain Barber their feed is much cheaper, because they eat no oats.


western side of the largest island, where he was God advanced David to the throne that he might attacked by the natives. feed his people, not that he might feed himself; that FEEL', v. n., v, a. & n. s. Saxon felan ; he might do good, not that he might make his family FEEL'ER, n. s.

Belg. voelen; great. Henry. Psa, lxxviii. 71.

FEEL'ING, part. adj. & n.s. Goth. falwu. To A constant smoke rises from the warm springs, that

FEEL'INGLY, ado. have perception feed the many baths with which the island is stocked.

FE'LIDEN, part. adj. by the touch; to

How oft from pomp and state did I remove,

explore by feeling: hence to have acute mental To feed despair, and cherish hopeless love ?

sensibility; to appear to the touch: as an active

Prior. verb, to perceive by the touch; to try; sound; Boerhaave fed a sparrow with bread four days, in perceive mentally; know: as a substantive, the which time it eat more than its own weight.

sense of feeling: a feeler is one who feels or per

Arbuthnot on Diet. ceives; an instrument of feeling conspicuous in All feed on one vain patron, and enjoy insects : feeling means expressive of acute senThe extensive blessing of his luxury.


sibility,; felt sensibly: as a substantive the sense For on the grassy verdure as he lay,

of touch, power of acting upon sensibility; senAnd breathed the freshness of the early day,

sibility; perception. Wickliffe uses the word Devouring dogs the helpless infant tore,

feliden for perceived ; apprehended. Fed on his trembling limbs, and lapped the gore.

Id. And thei knewen not this word and it was hid biWhen I've my master's leave to stand fore her that thei feliden it not, and thei dredden toCooing upon his friendly hand;

axe him of this word.

Widlif. Luk ix.

They should seek the Lord, if happily they might 'The well-sung woes shall sooth my pensive ghost i feel after him, and find him.

Acto. He best can paint them who can feel them most. He hath writ this to feel my affection to your

Pope. honour.

Shakspeare. Not youthful kings in battle seized alive, His overthrow heaped happiness upon him ; E'er felt such grief, such terrour and despair. Id. For then, and not till then, he felt himself,

He would not have talked so feelingly of Codrus's And found the blessedness of being little.

bed, if there had been room for a bedfellow in it. Id. Id. Henry VIII.

I had a feeling sense A most poor man made tame to fortune's blows,

Of all your royal favours; but this last Who, by the art of known and feeling sorrows,

Strikes through my heart.

Sou!herne. Am pregnant to good pity,


As we learn what belongs to the body by the eviWrite 'till your ink be dry, and with your tears

dence of sense, so we learn what belongs to the soul Moist it again ; and frame some feeling line,

by an inward consciousness, which may be called a That may discover such integrity.

sort of internal feeling.

The apprehension of the good,

He that will not fear, shall feel the wrath of heaven. Gives but the greater feeling to the worse.

Young. Id. Richard II. What is so hateful to a poor man as the purse-proud This band, whose touch,

arrogance of a rich one ? Let fortune shift the scene, Whose every touch would force the feeler's soul and make the poor man rich, he runs at once into the To the oath of loyalty.

id. Cymbeline. vice that he declaimed against so feelingly : these are Here feel we but the penalty of Adam,

strange contradictions in the human character. The season's difference; as the icy phang,

Cumberland. And churlish chiding of the Winter's wind,

Feeling is one of the five external senses, by Which when it bites, and blows upon my body, which we obtain the ideas of solidity, hardness, E'en till I shrink with cold, I smile and say, softness, roughness, heat, cold, wetness, dryness, This is no flattery : these are counsellors,

and other tangible qualities. Although this sense That feelingly persuade me what I am.


is perhaps the leașt refined, it is of all others The air is so thin, that a bird has therein no feeling the most sure, as well as the most universal. of his wings, or any resistance of air to mount herself Man sees and hears with small portions of his by.


body, but he feels with all. The author of naHe feelingly knew, and had trial of the late goed, ture has bestowed that general sensation wherever and of the new purchased evil.

Id. there are nerves, and they are every where found A king that would not feel his crown too heavy for where there is life. If it were otherwise, the him must wear it every day : but if he think it too parts wanting this sense might be destroyed light, he knoweth not of what metal it is made.

without our knowledge. On this account it Bacon.

seems wisely provided, that this sensation should Great persons had need to borrow other men's

The opinions to think themselves happy : for if they judge structure of the nervous papillæ is not absolutely

not require a particular organisation. by their own feeling, they cannot find it.

Id. But why should those be thought to escape, who

necessary to it: the lips of a fresh wound, the feel

periosteum, and the tendons, when uncovered, Those rods of scorpions and those whips of steel ! are extremely sensible without them, though

Creech. they serve to the perfection of feeling, and to Nor did they not perceive the evil plight

diversify sensation. Feeling is, perhaps, the In which they were, or the fierce pains not feel. basis of all other sensations. The object of

Milton. feeling is every body that has consistency or soWhy was the sight

lidity enough to move the surface of our skin. To such a tender ball as the eye confined;

To make feeling perfect, it was necessary that the So obvious and so easy to be quenched,

nerves should form small eminences, because And not, as feeling, through all parts diffused,

they are more easily moved by the impression That she might look at will through every pore

of bodies than a uniform surface; and it is

Id. Thy wailing words do much my spirits move,

owing to this structure that we are enabled to They uttered are in such a feeling fashion. Sidney.

distinguish not only the size and figure of bodies, The princes might judge that he meant himself,

their hardness and softness, but also their heat who spake so feelingly.


and cold. To the blind, feeling is so useful a Blind men say black feels rough, and white feels sensation, that it supplies the office of eyes, and smooth.

Dryden. in a great measure indemnifies them for the want The sense of feeling can give us a notion of exten- of sight. See BLIND. sion, shape, and all other ideas that enter at the eye, FEET Bearer, an officer in the courts of the except colours.

Addison's Spectator. ancient Anglo-Saxon and Welsh kings. He was Soon in smart pain he feels the dire mistake,

a young gentleman whose duty it was to sit on Lashes the wave, and beats the foamy lake.


the floor, with his back towards the fire, and hold The difference of these tumours will be distinguished by the feel.

Sharp's Surgery.

the king's feet in his bosom all the time he sat Of these tumours one feels flaccid and rumpled;

at table, to keep them warm and comfortable.the other more even, flatulent and springy. Sharp.

Leges Walliæ, p. 58. Insects clean their eyes with their forelegs as well

FEHRABAD, or Faurabad, a town in the as antennæ; and, as they are perpetually feeling and province of Mazanderan, Persia, situated at the searching before them with their feelers or antennæ, I mouth of a river, near the south coast of the am apt to think that besides wiping and cleaning the Caspian. It carries on some trade in rice, salt, eyes, the uses here named may be admitted. fish, and pottery. Some time ago the population

Derham's Physico-Theology. was computed at 16,000 persons, the descendants


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principally of Armenians and Georgians. The cipal of which is his Dialogues on the Lives and
environs produce sugar, cotton, and silk. It is Works of the most eminent Painters.
126 miles west of Asterabad, and 270 north of FELICITAS, Felicity, or happiness, was

deified by the ancient Pagans. Lucullus built FEIGN, •. a. & d. n. Fr. feindre ; . Old a temple to her, and she had another erected by FEIGN'EDLY, adv. Fr. feigner ; Latin, Lepidus. The Greeks worshipped her under Feigs'ER, n. s. fingo, to contrive. the name of Macaria. This deity is often reFEIGN'ING,


ima- presented upon medals, and generally with a Fernt, part. adj.& n. s. ) gine; make a show cornucopia in one hand and a caduceus in of; dissemble. As a verb neuter, to relate falsely the other. The inscriptions are, Felicitas or fabulously. Feint, as a substantive, is a false Temporum, Felicitas Augusti, Felicitas Pubappearance; a false assault in fencing.

lica, &c.

Fr. feliciter,

FELIC’ITATE, d.o., part. And thei aspieden and senten aspieris that faynader hiin jus:, that thei schulden take him in word Felicitaʼtion, n. s. [& adj. Lat. felicitatum; and bitaken him to the power of the prioce.


felicito, to make Wiclif. Luk xx. FELIC'ITOUSLY, adv. bappy: as No such things are done as thou sayest, but thou

FelicʻITY, n. s.

adjective, felifeigned at them out of thine own heart. Neh. vi. 3. citate signifies made happy. Felicitation is, con

Each trembling leaf and whistling wind they hear, gratulation. Felicity, happiness ; prosperity; As gbastly bug their hair on end does rear;

bliss. Felicitous and felicitously follow this Yet both do strive their fearfulness to feign.

Faerie Queene.

Set fortunes servauntes by them and ye wull,
Both his hands most filthy feculent,

That one is free, that other eucr thrall,
Above the water were on high extent,

That one content, that other neuer full, And feigned to wash themselves incessantly. Id. That one in suretye, that other like to fall. Therefore the poet

Who lyst to aduise them bothe, perceyue he shall,
Did feign that Orpheus drew trees, stones, and floods; As great difference between them as we see,
Since nought so stockish, hard, and full of rage, Betwixt wretchednes and felicite. Sir T. More.
But music for the time doth change his nature.

The joyous day, dear Lord, with joy begin,

that for whom thou didest die, Such is found to have been falsely and feignedly in

Being with thy dear blood clean washed from sin, tone of the heathens.

May live for ever in felicity.

Spenser's Sonnets.
May her feignings

That I profess
Not take your word in! Ben Jonson,

Myself an enemy to all other joys; And these three voices differ ; all things done, the Which the most precious square of sense possesses, doing, and the doer ; the thing feigned, the feigning, And find I am alone felicitate. and the feignet ; so the poem, the poesy, and the In your dear highness' love. Shakspeare. Lear. poet.


Felicity, pure and analloyed felicity, is not a plant Such is the greedinesse of men's natures (in these of earthly growth; her gardens are the skies. Burton. Athenian dayes) of news, that they will rather feigne

Others in virtue placed felicity; than kant it.

T. Ford, 1647.

But virtue joined with riches and long life, No pretences, no privileges, can bear off a sin with

In corporal pleasure he, and careless ease. God: men think either to patronise or mitigate evils,

Milton. by their feigned reasons. Bp. Hall's Contemplations.

All pious dispositions are fountains of pleasant Abominable, inutterable, and worse

streams, which by their confluence do make up a full Than fables yet have feigned, or fear conceived, sea of felicity.

Barrow, Gorgons, and hydras, and chimeras dire ! Milton.

They might proceed unto forms of speeches, feliciThe mind by degrees loses its natural relish of real, tating the good, or depreciating the evil to follow. solid trath, and is reconciled insensibly to any thing

Browne. that can be but dressed up into any feint appearance

Some of the fathers went so far, as to esteem the of it.

Locke. love of music a sign of predestination; as a thing diCourtly's letter is but a feint to get off. Spectator. vine, and reserved for the felicities of heaven itself. But, in the breast encamped, prepares

Sir W. Temple. For well-bred feints and future wars. Prior. How great, how glorious a felicity, how adequate Me gentle Delia beckons from the plain,

to the desires of a reasonable nature, is revealed to Then hid in shades, eludes her eager swain; vur hopes in the gospel.

Rogers. But feigras a laugh to see me search around, The felicities of our wonderful reign may be comAnd by that laugh ihe willing fair is found. Pope.



What a glorious entertainment and pleasure would
But charity not feigned intends alone
Another's good—theirs centres in their own.

fill and felicitate his spirit, if he could grasp all in a

Watts. single survey Cowper.

Other ambition than nf crowns in air, FELIBIEN (Andrew), born at Chartres in

And superluminary felicities, 1619, went secretary under the marquis de Fon

Thy bosom warm.

Young. tenay Mareuil, ambassador to the court of Rome, Pound St. Paul's church into atoms, and consider in 1647. On his return, M. Colbert procured any single atom; it is, to be sure, gnod for nothing : him the places of historiographer to Louis XIV., but put all these atoms together, and you have St. superintendant of his buildings, and of arts Paul's church. So it is with human felicity, which and manufactures in France. He became is made up of many ingredients, each of which may

Johnson. afterwards deputy coinptroller general of the be shown to be very insignificant. bridges and dykes, and died in 1695. He wrote FELICUDI, one of the Lipari Islands, the several pieces relating to the fine arts; the prin- ancient Phænicusa. It consists chiefly of a volcanic rock, but has some good corn land, and F. capensis, the Cape tiger, is the nsussi of produces oil, wine, and fruit. Population 650. Labat, who was the first that noticed this species Long. 14° 21' E., lat. 38° 34' N.

which he describes as of the size of a dog, with FE’LINE, n. s. Lat. felinus. Like a cat; a coat as much striped and varied as that of a pertaining to a cat.

tiger. Its appearance bespeaks cruelty, and its Even as in the beaver; from wbich he differs prin- eyes fierceness; but it is cowardly, and gets its cipally in his teeth, which are canine, and in his tail, prey only by cunning and insidious arts. It is which is feline, or a long taper.


found in all parts of Africa, from Congo to the FELIPE (St.), or St. Philip de Xativa, a Cape of Good Hope. When Dr. Forster town of Spain, 'in the province of Valencia, touched the second time at the Cape of Good situated on the declivity of a mountain. It has Hope, in 1775, an animal of this species was an old castle built on a rock, containing several offered him to purchase; but he refused to buy Roman and Moorish remains. The Roman it because it had a broken leg. It was very name of this place was Setabis, changed by the gentle and tame. It was brought in a basket to Moors to Xativa. In 1706 it was taken by his apartment, where he kept it above' twentyassault and burned; king Philip, on ordering it four hours, which gave him the opportunity of to be rebuilt, gave it the name of San Felipe. describing it more accurately than had hitherto The adjacent country is productive in rice. been done, and of observing its manners and T'wenty-nine miles S.S.W. of Valencia. Popu- economy. These he found to be perfectly analolation 10,000.

gous to those of our domestic cats. It ate fresh Felipe, San, a city of Venezuela, South raw meat, and, after it had been several times America, was, a century ago, only a village, fed by our author, followed him like a tame faknown by the name of Cocorota. A great vorite cat. It liked to be stroked and caressed ; number, however, of Canarians, and natives of it purred and rubbed its head and back against the neighbouring districts, attracted by the fer- the person's clothes who fed it. It had been tility of its soil, having settled there, the company taken when quite young in the woods, and was of Guipuzcoa, some time before its dissolution, not above eight or nine months old; but had established stores for the purpose of trading already very nearly, if not quite, attained its full with the interior. From that time this place growth. The doctor was told that the tiger-cats gained a new aspect; handsome houses, and live in mountainous and woody tracts; and that streets regularly built, took the place of huts in their wild state they are very great destroyers huddled together without order. stands in of hares, rabbits, jerboas, young antelopes, lat. 10° 15' N., fifty leagues west of Caraccas, lambkins, and of all the feathered tribe. fifteen north-west of Valencia, and seven north- F. catus, the common cat. Of this species west of Nirgua. The neighbouring district is there are many varieties. Mr. Kerr describes watered by the rivers Yarani and Aroa, and by mine. numerous rivulets. Copper mines exist also F. catus Angorensis, the Angora cat, with there. The city is regularly built; the streets hair of a silvery whiteness and silky texture, are in a line and broad; and the parish church and very long, especially about the neck, where is handsome and well maintained." The inhabi- it forms a fine ruff. It is a large variety; found tants, who amount to nearly 7000, are reputed about Angora, the same country which produces laborious and industrious. They have only the fine-haired goat. It degenerates after the priests, and no monks or miraculous images first generation in our climate. A variety of among them. The atmosphere is hot and moist, this kind, with pendant ears, is found in China, and the town consequently not very healthy. of which the Chinese are very fond, ornament

FELIS, Lat. felis, the cat, in zoology, a genus ing their necks with silver collars. of quadrupeds, belonging to the order of feræ. F. catus domesticus, the domestic, or tame The characters, according to Gmelin and Kerr, cat, is of a smaller size, and has the hair shorter are these: six cutting teeth, all equal : grinders and thicker than the wild cats. Although when three : the tongue beset with rough papillæ, young they are playful and gay, they possess which point backwards : the feet are provided a perverse disposition, which increases as they with sharp hooked claws, which are lodged in a grow up, and which education teaches them to sheath, and may be extended or drawn in at conceal, but never to subdue. Constantly bent pleasure : the head is mostly round, and the visage upon theft and rapine, though in a domestic short

. All the animals of this genus, though fe- state, they are full of cunning and dissimulation; rocious, are temperate ; very agile in climbing they conceal all their designs, and seize every trees; alight on their feet, when falling from a opportunity of stealing. They love ease, and height; and seize their prey by surprise. The search for the softest and warmest places to females bring a considerable number at a birth, repose in. The cat is extremely amorous; and and have all eight paps. This genus compre- the female is more ardent than the male. The hends twenty-eight species. Mr. Pennant has female goes with young fifty-five or fifty-eight arranged it in two subdivisions, viz. 1. those days, and generally produces from three to six having long tails and plain ears; and, 2. those kittens at a litter, which are blind for nine days. with short tails and ears pencilled at the tips. She takes care to conceal them, and, when she is The latter comprehends nine different species of apprehensive of a discovery, she takes them up lynxes, and the former nineteen species, consist- in her mouth one by one, and hides them in holes ing of the lions, tygers, panthers, leopards, cats, or inaccessible places. When she has nursed and all the rest of the genus. This arrangement a few weeks, she brings them mice, small birds, is adopted by Kerr.

&c., to teach them to eat Alesh. The cat is inca

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