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Untamed; feral.

[Latin ferīnus, from fera, wild animal; see feral.]
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(Biology) another word for feral11, feral12
[C17: from Latin ferīnus, of wild animals, from fera wild beast]
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(ˈfɪər əl, ˈfɛr-)

1. existing in a wild state; not domesticated or cultivated.
2. having reverted to the wild state.
3. ferocious; savage; brutal.
[1595–1605; < Medieval Latin, Late Latin ferālis= Latin fer(a) wild beast + -ālis -al1]
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Adj.1.ferine - wild and menacing; "a pack of feral dogs"
untamed, wild - in a natural state; not tamed or domesticated or cultivated; "wild geese"; "edible wild plants"
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