big cat

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Noun1.big cat - any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wildbig cat - any of several large cats typically able to roar and living in the wild
family Felidae, Felidae - cats; wildcats; lions; leopards; cheetahs; saber-toothed tigers
felid, feline - any of various lithe-bodied roundheaded fissiped mammals, many with retractile claws
Panthera pardus, leopard - large feline of African and Asian forests usually having a tawny coat with black spots
Panthera uncia, snow leopard, ounce - large feline of upland central Asia having long thick whitish fur
Felis onca, jaguar, panther, Panthera onca - a large spotted feline of tropical America similar to the leopard; in some classifications considered a member of the genus Felis
king of beasts, lion, Panthera leo - large gregarious predatory feline of Africa and India having a tawny coat with a shaggy mane in the male
Panthera tigris, tiger - large feline of forests in most of Asia having a tawny coat with black stripes; endangered
liger - offspring of a male lion and a female tiger
tiglon, tigon - offspring of a male tiger and a female lion
Acinonyx jubatus, cheetah, chetah - long-legged spotted cat of Africa and southwestern Asia having nonretractile claws; the swiftest mammal; can be trained to run down game
sabertooth, saber-toothed tiger - any of many extinct cats of the Old and New Worlds having long swordlike upper canine teeth; from the Oligocene through the Pleistocene
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He strung his bow with tendons from the buck upon which he had dined his first evening upon the new shore, and though he would have preferred the gut of Sheeta for the purpose, he was content to wait until opportunity permitted him to kill one of the great cats.
On his lips was the soothing, purring sound that the great cats themselves made when contented and happy.
Here Buto, the rhinoceros, blundered blindly in his solitary majesty, while by night the great cats paced silently upon their padded feet beneath the dense canopy of overreaching trees toward the broad plain beyond, where they found their best hunting.
There was nothing but dead twigs and branches at hand, but these he flung at the upturned, snarling face of Sabor just as his father had before him twenty years ago, when as a boy he too had taunted and tantalized the great cats of the jungle.
The great cat clawed at the shaggy head until eyes and ears were gone, and naught but a few strips of ragged, bloody flesh remained upon the skull.
Tarzan knew that once the great bulls were aroused none of the jungle, not even Numa, the lion, was anxious to measure fangs with them, and that if all those of the tribe who chanced to be present today would charge, Sheeta, the great cat, would doubtless turn tail and run for his life.
Like a great cat Bulan drew himself cautiously to all fours--every nerve and muscle taut with the excitement of the moment.
Taylor and I also opened up on the creature, and as it was broadside to us it offered a splendid target, though for all the impression we appeared to make upon the great cat we might as well have been launching soap bubbles at it.
Thus she advanced; her belly low, almost touching the surface of the ground--a great cat preparing to spring upon its prey.
By day he had stumbled fearfully on, often taking refuge among the branches when sight or sound of some great cat warned him from danger.
Numa did not roar now--instead, he moved stealthily, like the shadow of a great cat; but yet he took no step that did not reach the sensitive ears of the ape-man.
A soft purr, like that of a great cat, indicated that Woola understood, and then, with a word to him to follow, I turned to the right along the ledge, but scarcely had I done so than I felt his mighty fangs tugging at my leathern harness.