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Definition: black cat
n : large dark brown North American arboreal carnivorous mammal
, fisher cat
, Martes pennanti
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Definition: Black cat
(bl[a^]k), a. [OE. blak, AS. bl[ae]c; akin to
Icel. blakkr dark, swarthy, Sw. bl["a]ck ink, Dan. bl[ae]k,
OHG. blach, LG. & D. blaken to burn with a black smoke. Not
akin to AS. bl[=a]c, E. bleak pallid. [root]98.]
1. Destitute of light, or incapable of reflecting it; of the
color of soot or coal; of the darkest or a very dark
color, the opposite of white
; characterized by such a
color; as, black cloth; black hair or eyes.
O night, with hue so black! --Shak.
2. In a less literal sense: Enveloped or shrouded in
darkness; very dark or gloomy; as, a black night; the
heavens black with clouds.
I spy a black, suspicious, threatening cloud.
3. Fig.: Dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness;
destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked;
cruel; mournful; calamitous; horrible. “This day's black
fate.” “Black villainy.” “Arise, black vengeance.”
“Black day.” “Black despair.”
4. Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen;
foreboding; as, to regard one with black looks.
Note: Black is often used in self-explaining compound words;
as, black-eyed, black-faced, black-haired,
, the English statute 9 George I, which makes it a
felony to appear armed in any park or warren, etc., or to
hunt or steal deer, etc., with the face blackened or
disguised. Subsequent acts inflicting heavy penalties for
malicious injuries to cattle and machinery have been
called black acts.
(Zo["o]l.), a fish of the West Indies and
Florida (Holacanthus tricolor
), with the head and tail
yellow, and the middle of the body black.
(Chem.), the black sulphide of antimony,
, used in pyrotechnics, etc.
(Zo["o]l.), the common American bear (Ursus Americanus
. See B[^e]te noire
(Zo["o]l.), the common large cockroach
(Zo["o]l.), the black-headed bunting (Embriza Sch[oe]niclus
) of Europe.
, a disease in turnips and other crops,
produced by a species of caterpillar.
(Zo["o]l.), the fisher, a quadruped of North
America allied to the sable, but larger. See Fisher
, any bovine cattle reared for slaughter, in
distinction from dairy cattle. [Eng.]
. See under Cherry
(Zo["o]l.), the palm cockatoo. See
. Same as Melaconite
. (Bot.) See Currant
. (Min.) See Carbonado
(Med.), a cathartic medicine, composed of
senna and magnesia.
(Med.), vinegar of opium; a narcotic preparation
consisting essentially of a solution of opium in vinegar.
, mold; earth of a dark color. --Woodward.
, the flag of a pirate, often bearing in white a
skull and crossbones; a signal of defiance.
(Zo["o]l.), a flea beetle (Haltica nemorum
injurious to turnips.
, a mixture of carbonate of potash and charcoal,
obtained by deflagrating tartar with half its weight of
niter. --Brande & C.
[a translation of G. Schwarzwald], a forest in
Baden and W["u]rtemburg, in Germany; a part of the ancient
, or Black grouse
. (Zo["o]l.) See Blackcock
, and Heath grouse
(Bot.), a grasslike rush of the species Juncus Gerardi
, growing on salt marshes, and making good hay.
(Bot.), an American tree, the tupelo or
pepperidge. See Tupelo
Black Hamburg (grape)
(Bot.), a sweet and juicy variety of
dark purple or “black”
(Zo["o]l.), a fish of the Mississippi valley
), of the sucker family; the
(Zo["o]l.), the Lemurniger
of Madagascar; the
of the natives.
, a list of persons who are for some reason
thought deserving of censure or punishment; -- esp. a list
of persons stigmatized as insolvent or untrustworthy, made
for the protection of tradesmen or employers. See
, v. t.
(Chem.), the black oxide of manganese,
, the close wagon in which prisoners are carried
to or from jail.
(Zo["o]l.), the chimney swift. See Swift
(Bot.), the common so-called long moss of the
southern United States. See Tillandsia
. See under Oak
. See Wad
, a very fine, light carbonaceous substance,
or lampblack, prepared chiefly for the manufacture of
printers' ink. It is obtained by burning common coal tar.
, sheet iron before it is tinned. --Knight.
, malignant anthrax with engorgement of a
shoulder or quarter, etc., as of an ox.
(Zo["o]l.), one of the species of rats (Mus rattus
), commonly infesting houses.
. See Blackmail
, n., 3.
, a disease of wheat, in which a black, moist
matter is deposited in the fissures of the grain.
, one in a family or company who is unlike the
rest, and makes trouble.
. (Min.) See under Silver
Black and tan
, black mixed or spotted with tan color or
reddish brown; -- used in describing certain breeds of
. See under Tea
(Mining), tin ore (cassiterite), when dressed,
stamped and washed, ready for smelting. It is in the form
of a black powder, like fine sand. --Knight.
. See under Walnut
(Zo["o]l.), an American hawk (Buteo Harlani
Syn: Dark; murky; pitchy; inky; somber; dusky; gloomy; swart;
Cimmerian; ebon; atrocious.
(k[a^]t), n. [AS. cat; akin to D. & Dan. kat, Sw.
katt, Icel. k["o]ttr, G. katze, kater, Ir. cat, W. cath,
Armor. kaz, LL. catus, Bisc. catua, NGr. ga`ta, ga`tos, Russ.
& Pol. kot, Turk. kedi, Ar. qitt; of unknown origin. Cf.
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any animal belonging to the natural family
, and in particular to the various species of the
, and Lynx
. The domestic cat
is Felis domestica
. The European wild cat (Felis catus
) is much larger than the domestic cat. In the
United States the name wild cat
is commonly applied to
the bay lynx (Lynx rufus
). The larger felines, such as
the lion, tiger, leopard, and cougar, are often referred
to as cats, and sometimes as big cats. See Wild cat
[1913 Webster +PJC]
Note: The domestic cat includes many varieties named from
their place of origin or from some peculiarity; as, the
; the Maltese cat
; the Manx cat
Laying aside their often rancorous debate over
how best to preserve the Florida panther
and federal wildlife officials,
environmentalists, and independent scientists
endorsed the proposal, and in 1995 the eight cats
[female Texas cougars] were brought from Texas
and released. . . .
Uprooted from the arid hills of West Texas, three
of the imports have died, but the remaining five
adapted to swamp life and have each given birth
to at least one litter of kittens. --Mark Derr
(N. Y. Times,
Nov. 2, 1999,
Note: The word cat is also used to designate other animals,
from some fancied resemblance; as, civet cat, fisher
cat, catbird, catfish shark, sea cat.
(a) A strong vessel with a narrow stern, projecting
quarters, and deep waist. It is employed in the coal
and timber trade.
(b) A strong tackle used to draw an anchor up to the
cathead of a ship. --Totten.
3. A double tripod (for holding a plate, etc.), having six
feet, of which three rest on the ground, in whatever
position it is placed.
4. An old game; specifically:
(a) The game of tipcat and the implement with which it is
played. See Tipcat
(b) A game of ball, called, according to the number of
batters, one old cat, two old cat, etc.
5. same as cat o' nine tails
; as, British sailors feared
[1913 Webster + WordNet 1.5]
6. A catamaran
, blind cat
, See under Angora
the fisher. See under Black
Cat and dog
, like a cat and dog; quarrelsome; inharmonious.
“I am sure we have lived a cat and dog life of it.”
(Naut.), a heavy iron-strapped block with a large
hook, part of the tackle used in drawing an anchor up to
(Naut.), a strong hook attached to a cat block.
, a very short sleep. [Colloq.]
Cat o' nine tails
, an instrument of punishment consisting
of nine pieces of knotted line or cord fastened to a
handle; -- formerly used to flog offenders on the bare
, game played, esp. by children, with a string
looped on the fingers so, as to resemble small cradle. The
string is transferred from the fingers of one to those of
another, at each transfer with a change of form. See
, Cratch cradle
To bell the cat
, to perform a very dangerous or very
difficult task; -- taken metaphorically from a fable about
a mouse who proposes to put a bell on a cat, so as to be
able to hear the cat coming.
To let the cat out of the bag
, to tell a secret, carelessly
or willfully. [Colloq.]
, the serval. See Serval