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wildcat,

common name of Old World catscat,
name applied broadly to the carnivorous mammals constituting the family Felidae, and specifically to the domestic cat, Felis catus. The great roaring cats, the lion, tiger, and leopard are anatomically very similar to one another and constitute the genus
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 (Felis silvestris) of Europe, Asia, and Africa. The wildcat resembles a large domestic tabby cat with a heavy tail; its fur is brownish to gray, with a pattern of light stripes. It can and does interbreed with domestic cats. There are more than 20 recognized subspecies. The Near Eastern, or African, wildcat (F. silvestris lybica) was apparently domesticated some 10,000 years ago, possibly when the cats began to prey on mice and rats attracted to ancient granaries, and is ancestral to the modern domestic cat. The name wildcat is also applied regionally to a variety of small cats. In North America it is a common name for the bobcat (see lynxlynx,
name given to several related small, ferocious members of the cat family. All have small heads, tufted ears, and heavy bodies with long legs and short tails. All are primarily terrestrial, although they are able to climb trees.
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wildcat

[′wīl‚kat]
(naval architecture)
The drum of an anchor windlass, with projections on its rim that engage the anchor chain.

wildcat

1. a wild European cat, Felis silvestris, that resembles the domestic tabby but is larger and has a bushy tail
2. any of various other felines, esp of the genus Lynx, such as the lynx and the caracal
3. US and Canadian another name for bobcat
4. US and Canadian an unsound commercial enterprise
5. US and Canadian a railway locomotive in motion without drawing any carriages or wagons
6. US and Canadian
a. of or relating to an unsound business enterprise
b. financially or commercially unsound
7. US and Canadian (of a train) running without permission or outside the timetable
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Silvestris F, Grinello D, Del Prete A, Cafforio P, Quarto M, Dammacco F.
sive spiritus difficultas sive intestinorum tormenta sive inflammatio vulvae est, sive coxa sive iecur aut lienis aut latus torquet, sive vitio locorum aliqua prolabitur et ommutescit, occurrit dolori per quietem eiusmodi catapotium: silis, acori, rutae silvestris seminis, singulorum P.
A history of cats, for example, could be tagged differently by the participants according to their expertise: as cat, or as Persian or as Felis silvestris catus longhair Persian.
The second explores the twelfth-century revival of Neoplatonic Virgilian exegesis in the works of Bernard Silvestris and John of Salisbury, with emphasis by the former on integration of Macrobian exegetical principles to determine poetic fiction versus philosophical truth with complementary considerations of an author's intention, method, and purpose.
Ltd, Shank's Extracts, Silesia, Silvestris & Szilas, Sluys International, Soda Aromatic Co.
Natura, the extra-biblical daughter of God, dominates that periphery, first emerging as a creative force in the twelfth-century Neoplatonic cosmology of Bernard Silvestris.
The dependence on ice formation is sharp in some spiders: Rugathodes bellicosus, Lepthyphtantes notabilis, Tegenaria silvestris, Nesticus cellulanus, Pholcomma gibbum, Meta menardi, Acantholycosa norvegica, Liocranum rupicola, Pholcus opilionoides avoided sites with ice formation, whereas Lepthyphantes tripartitus, Diplocentria bidentata and Bathyphantes simillimus buchari at lower elevations were confined to these sites.
In any event, though we think of sylvan ease, sylvan peace, silvestris has connotations of wildness and ferocity in Latin, a fact Clarke would, along with Hopkins, have learned at Highgate Grammar School.
Silvestris in protective atmosphere packaging; Blood orange slices minimally transformed: chemical, microbiological and sensory studies; Combined technologies to improve quality of reconstituted apple cubes during processing and storage; Specific spoilage organisms and shelf-life of green olives directly fermented in ready-to-sell packages; Influence of temperature on the quality factors of shredded carrots.
The list of medieval thinkers interested specifically in the influence of Saturn includes: Bernardus Silvestris in The Cosmographia, also known as De Universitate mundi, Alanus ab Insulis in Anticlaudianus, Arnoldus Saxo in the encyclopedic De coelo et mundo, Vincent of Beauvais in Speculum Naturae and Bartolomeus Anglicus in another encyclopedic work, De proprietatibum rerum.
Along the way, she considers work by Henry of Suso, Julian of Norwich, Mechthild of Magdeburg, Chaucer, Bernard Silvestris, Alan of Lille, Hildegard of Bingen, and Dante, to name only the best known, as well as some very interesting images drawn mostly, but not exclusively, from manuscript illustration.
Turkey, a natural land bridge connecting Europe and Asia, was historically home to a myriad of mammalian species, including a full complement of carnivores such as the Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica), Caspian tiger (Panthera tigris virgata), gray wolf (Canis lupus), striped hyena (Hyaena hyaena), brown bear (Ursus arctos), Anatolian leopard (Panthera pardus tulliana), Eurasian lynx (Lynx lynx), caracal (Felis caracal), Eurasian otter (Lutra lutra), golden jackal (Canis aureus), red fox (Vulpes vulpes), European wildcat (Felis silvestris caucasica), pine marten (Martes martes), and other smaller mustelid species.