wildcat

Definitions of wildcat
  1. noun
    any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
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    sand cat
    a desert wildcat
    European wildcat, Felis silvestris, catamountain
    bushy-tailed wildcat of Europe that resembles the domestic cat and is regarded as the ancestor of the domestic cat
    Felis concolor, catamount, cougar, mountain lion, painter, panther, puma
    large American feline resembling a lion
    Felis pardalis, ocelot, panther cat
    nocturnal wildcat of Central America and South America having a dark-spotted buff-brown coat
    Felis yagouaroundi, eyra, jaguarondi, jaguarundi, jaguarundi cat
    long-bodied long-tailed tropical American wildcat
    Felis ocreata, caffer cat, kaffir cat
    widely distributed wildcat of Africa and Asia Minor
    Felis chaus, jungle cat
    small Asiatic wildcat
    Felis serval, serval
    slender long-legged African wildcat having large untufted ears and tawny black-spotted coat
    Felis bengalensis, leopard cat
    small spotted wildcat of southern Asia and Malaysia
    Felis tigrina, tiger cat
    medium-sized wildcat of Central America and South America having a dark-striped coat
    Felis wiedi, margay, margay cat
    small spotted wildcat found from Texas to Brazil
    Felis manul, Pallas's cat, manul
    small wildcat of the mountains of Siberia and Tibet and Mongolia
    catamount, lynx
    short-tailed wildcats with usually tufted ears; valued for their fur
    Lynx lynx, common lynx
    of northern Eurasia
    Canada lynx, Lynx canadensis
    of northern North America
    Lynx rufus, bay lynx, bobcat
    small lynx of North America
    Lynx pardina, spotted lynx
    of southern Europe
    Lynx caracal, caracal, desert lynx
    of deserts of northern Africa and southern Asia
    type of:
    cat, true cat
    feline mammal usually having thick soft fur and no ability to roar: domestic cats; wildcats
  2. noun
    a cruelly rapacious person
    synonyms: beast, brute, savage, wolf
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    type of:
    aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker
    someone who attacks
  3. adjective
    without official authorization
    wildcat work stoppage”
    synonyms: unauthorised, unauthorized
    unofficial
    not having official authority or sanction
  4. adjective
    outside the bounds of legitimate or ethical business practices
    wildcat currency issued by irresponsible banks”
    wildcat stock speculation”
    “a wildcat airline”
    wildcat life insurance schemes”
    Synonyms:
    unsound
    not sound financially
  5. noun
    an exploratory oil well drilled in land not known to be an oil field
    synonyms: wildcat well
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    type of:
    oil well, oiler
    a well that yields or has yielded oil
  6. adjective
    (of a mine or oil well) drilled speculatively in an area not known to be productive
    “drilling there would be strictly a wildcat operation”
    “a wildcat mine”
    wildcat drilling”
    wildcat wells”
    Synonyms:
    explorative, exploratory
    serving in or intended for exploration or discovery
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