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|n. pl.||1.||(Zool.) A group of mammals which formerly included the Carnivora, Insectivora, Marsupialia, and lemurs, but is now often restricted to the Carnivora.|
|2.||Of a wild nature; - applied to animals, as foxes, wild ducks, etc., in which no one can claim property.|
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.