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  Definition of wildcat
  1. any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
  2. an exploratory oil well drilled in land not known to be an oil field
  3. a cruelly rapacious person
  4. (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"
  5. without official authorization; "an unauthorized strike"; "wildcat work stoppage"
  6. 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"
Similar Words: wildcat well, beast, wolf, savage, brute, unauthorized, unauthorised

 

Hyponyms: sand cat, European wildcat, catamountain, Felis silvestris, cougar, puma, catamount, mountain lion, painter, panther, Felis concolor, ocelot, panther cat, Felis pardalis, jaguarundi, jaguarundi cat, jaguarondi, eyra, Felis yagouaroundi, kaffir cat, caffer cat, Felis ocreata, jungle cat, Felis chaus, serval, Felis serval, leopard cat, Felis bengalensis, tiger cat, Felis tigrina, margay, margay cat, Felis wiedi, manul, Pallas's cat, Felis manul, lynx

 

Member Meronyms: Felis, genus Felis

 

Derivational Morphology: savage

 

 
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