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EtymologyEdit

Old High German kazza, earlier *katta, from Late Latin catta, feminine of cattus. Akin to Old English catt (cat).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /ˈkatsə/, [ˈkʰätsə], [ˈkʰatsə] (most of Germany)
  • IPA(key): /ˈkattsə/, [ˈkɑtːsə] (Austro-Bavarian, Switzerland, regional Germany)
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  • Rhymes: -atsə
  • Hyphenation: Kat‧ze

NounEdit

Katze f (genitive Katze, plural Katzen, diminutive Kätzchen n or Kätzlein n, feminine Kätzin, masculine Kater)

  1. house cat, Felis silvestris catus
    Synonyms: Hauskatze
  2. (specifically) a female house cat
    Synonyms: Kätzin (poetic)
  3. cat (any member of the genus Felis)
  4. (astronomy) the constellation Felis

Usage notesEdit

Katze is the common term to refer to a cat (both male and female ones). The derived form Kätzin is mostly restricted to poetic language and technical language.

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(any cat):

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Pennsylvania GermanEdit

NounEdit

Katze

  1. plural of Katz