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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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2015: Long-term changes in diet and trophic niche of the European wildcat (Felis silvestris silvestris) in Italy.
As especies preferenciais deste subgrupo foram Acacia bimucronata, Aspidosperma polyneuron, Alchornea glandulosa, Casearia sylvestris, Cecropia pachystachya, Citrus sinensis, Cordia ecalyculata, Eugenia burkartiana, Ficus luschnathiana, Guarea kunthiana, Inga marginata, Ocotea indecora, Ocotea silvestris e Trichilia claussenii.
Among its wild-living members, the genus includes Felis chaus (jungle cats), Felis nigripes (black-footed cats), Felis margarita (sand cats) and Felis silvestris (wildcats).
The Italian rapporteur, Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (EPP, Italy), echoed De Castro's views, insisting that the 90-odd delegated acts that were proposed by the Commission would undermine the balance of power in the decision making process.
This, according to rapporter Sergio Paolo Francesco Silvestris (EPP, Italy), would "provide a good basis for the Commission to improve its proposal".
El nombre sistematico de la estornutatoria o Puerrum silvestre, Draco silvestris, Tarchon silvestris.
Etymology: From Latin silvestris (of a forest), referring to the habitat of the species.
El registro de Hypolophodon silvestris se encuentra en concordancia con la tendencia senalada para los selaceos, pues todos los registros conocidos para esta especie se encuentran en latitudes altas y medias de distintas partes del mundo.
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Olszewska M, Smal H (2008) The effect of afforestation with Scots pine (Pinus silvestris L.