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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.
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Nor would Nelly Wade be so familiar with any of the genus ferae.