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Cat (1)

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Cat. n.s. [katz, Teuton. chat, Fr.] A domestick animal that catches mice, commonly reckoned by naturalists the lowest order of the leonine species.

            'Twas you incens'd the rabble:
Cats, that can judge as fitly of his worth,
As I can of those mysteries, which heav'n
Will not have earth to know.
Shakesp. Coriolanus.

Thrice the brinded cat hath mew'd. Shakesp. Macbeth.

A cat, as she beholds the light, draws the ball of her eye small and long, being covered over with a green skin, and dilates it at pleasure. Peacham on Drawing.

Sources: Shakespeare's Coriolanus (80) · Shakespeare's Macbeth (136) · Peacham, Henry (53)

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