From Latin ferīnus, from fera (“wild animal”).
ferine (comparative more ferine, superlative most ferine)
- (now rare) Pertaining to wild animals; feral.
- 1749, Henry Fielding, Tom Jones, Folio Society 1973, p. 162:
- the season of rutting (an uncouth phrase, by which the vulgar denote that gentle dalliance, which in the well-wooded forest of Hampshire, passes between lovers of the ferine kind) . . .
Last modified on 17 September 2013, at 23:15
- Feminine plural form of ferino