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Cat, 1) the domestic animal of the genus Felis: Lucr. 554. Tp. II, 1, 288. Gentl. II, 3, 8. Mids. II, 2, 30. III, 2, 260. Merch. IV, 1, 48. Merch. IV, 1, 48 As III, 2, 109. All's IV, 3, 267. H4A IV, 2, 65. H5 I, 2, 172. Rom. II, 4, 19 (prince of --s; cf. “Tybalt).” III, 1, 80 etc. etc. Used as a term of reproach: All's IV, 3, 295. All's IV, 3, 295 V, 2, 20. Troil. V, 1, 67. Cor. IV, 2, 34 (Collier curs, Staunton bats). -- “Here is that which will give language to you, c.” Tp. II, 2, 86 (alluding to an old proverb, that good liquor will make a cat speak). “a part to tear a c. in,” Mids. I, 2, 32. “care killed a c.” Ado V, 1, 133 (though it has nine lives, Rom. III, 1, 81). “as melancholy as a gib c.” H4A I, 2, 83. “the c. is gray,” Lr. III, 6, 47. “she shall have no more eyes to see withal than a c.” Shr. I, 2, 116. “the c. will mew,” Hml. V, 1, 315. “like the poor c. in the adage,” Mcb. I, 7, 45 ('the cat loves fish, but dares not wet her feet'). “hang me in a bottle like a c. and shoot at me,” Ado I, 1, 259.
2) == the civet-cat: “civet is the very uncleanly flux of a c.” As III, 2, 70. “thou owest the c. no perfume,” Lr. III, 4, 109.
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