1. Resembling a cat; applied to member of the Feliformia, a suborder within the order Carnivora consisting of cat-like carnivorans, including cats (large and small), hyenas, mongooses, civets, etc.

feliform (plural feliforms)

  1. Any carnivore of the suborder Feliformia, which are regarded as cat-like.
    • 2010, Anjali Goswami, 1: Introduction to Carnivora, Anjali Goswami, Anthony Friscia (editors), Carnivoran Evolution, page 7 ↗,
      However, when extinct genera are included, caniforms far outnumber feliforms, with 244 extinct caniform genera to 76 extinct feliform genera, if nimravids are included with feliforms (McKenna and Bell, 1997).
    • 2011, Rebecca E. Fisher, 6: Red Panda Anatomy, Angela R. Glatston (editor), Red Panda: Biology and Conservation of the First Panda, page 96 ↗,
      This arrangement is also found in procyonids; however, in mustelids and feliforms, the artery and the nerve travel through the foramen [39].
    • 2013, Terry A. Vaughan, James M. Ryan, Nicholas J. Czaplewski, Mammalogy, page 285 ↗,
      In feliforms, two bones (ectotympanic and entotympanic) unite to form the bullae with a septum separating the two resulting chambers. […] Palm civets are considered basal to all feliforms because they are genetically distinct from other feliforms and retain primitive auditory bullae lacking a septum (Flynn and Nedbal 1998).

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