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 for Black cat
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Black \Black\ (bl[a^]k), a. [OE. blak, AS. bl[ae]c; akin to
     Icel. blakkr dark, swarthy, Sw. bl[aum]ck ink, Dan. bl[ae]k,
     OHG. blach, LG. & D. blaken to burn with a black smoke. Not
     akin to AS. bl[=a]c, E. bleak pallid. [root]98.]
     1. Destitute of light, or incapable of reflecting it; of the
        color of soot or coal; of the darkest or a very dark
        color, the opposite of white; characterized by such a
        color; as, black cloth; black hair or eyes.
        [1913 Webster]
  
              O night, with hue so black!           --Shak.
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     2. In a less literal sense: Enveloped or shrouded in
        darkness; very dark or gloomy; as, a black night; the
        heavens black with clouds.
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              I spy a black, suspicious, threatening cloud.
                                                    --Shak.
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     3. Fig.: Dismal, gloomy, or forbidding, like darkness;
        destitute of moral light or goodness; atrociously wicked;
        cruel; mournful; calamitous; horrible. "This day's black
        fate." "Black villainy." "Arise, black vengeance." "Black
        day." "Black despair." --Shak.
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     4. Expressing menace, or discontent; threatening; sullen;
        foreboding; as, to regard one with black looks.
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     Note: Black is often used in self-explaining compound words;
           as, black-eyed, black-faced, black-haired,
           black-visaged.
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     Black act, the English statute 9 George I, which makes it a
        felony to appear armed in any park or warren, etc., or to
        hunt or steal deer, etc., with the face blackened or
        disguised. Subsequent acts inflicting heavy penalties for
        malicious injuries to cattle and machinery have been
        called black acts.
  
     Black angel (Zool.), a fish of the West Indies and Florida
        ({Holacanthus tricolor), with the head and tail yellow,
        and the middle of the body black.
  
     Black antimony (Chem.), the black sulphide of antimony,
        Sb2S3, used in pyrotechnics, etc.
  
     Black bear (Zool.), the common American bear ({Ursus
        Americanus).
  
     Black beast. See B[^e]te noire.
  
     Black beetle (Zool.), the common large cockroach ({Blatta
        orientalis).
  
     Black bonnet (Zool.), the black-headed bunting ({Embriza
        Sch[oe]niclus) of Europe.
  
     Black canker, a disease in turnips and other crops,
        produced by a species of caterpillar.
  
     Black cat (Zool.), the fisher, a quadruped of North America
        allied to the sable, but larger. See Fisher.
  
     Black cattle, any bovine cattle reared for slaughter, in
        distinction from dairy cattle. [Eng.]
  
     Black cherry. See under Cherry.
  
     Black cockatoo (Zool.), the palm cockatoo. See Cockatoo.
        
  
     Black copper. Same as Melaconite.
  
     Black currant. (Bot.) See Currant.
  
     Black diamond. (Min.) See Carbonado.
  
     Black draught (Med.), a cathartic medicine, composed of
        senna and magnesia.
  
     Black drop (Med.), vinegar of opium; a narcotic preparation
        consisting essentially of a solution of opium in vinegar.
        
  
     Black earth, mold; earth of a dark color. --Woodward.
  
     Black flag, the flag of a pirate, often bearing in white a
        skull and crossbones; a signal of defiance.
  
     Black+flea+(Zool.),+a+flea+beetle+({Haltica+nemorum">Black flea (Zool.), a flea beetle ({Haltica nemorum)
        injurious to turnips.
  
     Black flux, a mixture of carbonate of potash and charcoal,
        obtained by deflagrating tartar with half its weight of
        niter. --Brande & C.
  
     Black Forest [a translation of G. Schwarzwald], a forest in
        Baden and W["u]rtemburg, in Germany; a part of the ancient
        Hercynian forest.
  
     Black game, or Black grouse. (Zool.) See Blackcock,
        Grouse, and Heath grouse.
  
     Black grass (Bot.), a grasslike rush of the species Juncus
        Gerardi, growing on salt marshes, and making good hay.
  
     Black gum (Bot.), an American tree, the tupelo or
        pepperidge. See Tupelo.
  
     Black Hamburg (grape) (Bot.), a sweet and juicy variety of
        dark purple or "black" grape.
  
     Black horse (Zool.), a fish of the Mississippi valley
        ({Cycleptus elongatus), of the sucker family; the
        Missouri sucker.
  
     Black lemur (Zool.), the Lemurniger of Madagascar; the
        acoumbo of the natives.
  
     Black list, a list of persons who are for some reason
        thought deserving of censure or punishment; -- esp. a list
        of persons stigmatized as insolvent or untrustworthy, made
        for the protection of tradesmen or employers. See
        Blacklist, v. t.
  
     Black manganese (Chem.), the black oxide of manganese,
        MnO2.
  
     Black Maria, the close wagon in which prisoners are carried
        to or from jail.
  
     Black martin (Zool.), the chimney swift. See Swift.
  
     Black moss (Bot.), the common so-called long moss of the
        southern United States. See Tillandsia.
  
     Black oak. See under Oak.
  
     Black ocher. See Wad.
  
     Black pigment, a very fine, light carbonaceous substance,
        or lampblack, prepared chiefly for the manufacture of
        printers' ink. It is obtained by burning common coal tar.
        
  
     Black plate, sheet iron before it is tinned. --Knight.
  
     Black quarter, malignant anthrax with engorgement of a
        shoulder or quarter, etc., as of an ox.
  
     Black rat (Zool.), one of the species of rats ({Mus
        rattus), commonly infesting houses.
  
     Black rent. See Blackmail, n., 3.
  
     Black rust, a disease of wheat, in which a black, moist
        matter is deposited in the fissures of the grain.
  
     Black sheep, one in a family or company who is unlike the
        rest, and makes trouble.
  
     Black silver. (Min.) See under Silver.
  
     Black and tan, black mixed or spotted with tan color or
        reddish brown; -- used in describing certain breeds of
        dogs.
  
     Black tea. See under Tea.
  
     Black tin (Mining), tin ore (cassiterite), when dressed,
        stamped and washed, ready for smelting. It is in the form
        of a black powder, like fine sand. --Knight.
  
     Black walnut. See under Walnut.
  
     Black+warrior+(Zool.),+an+American+hawk+({Buteo+Harlani">Black warrior (Zool.), an American hawk ({Buteo Harlani).
        [1913 Webster]
  
     Syn: Dark; murky; pitchy; inky; somber; dusky; gloomy; swart;
          Cimmerian; ebon; atrocious.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  cat \cat\ (k[a^]t), n. [AS. cat; akin to D. & Dan. kat, Sw.
     katt, Icel. k["o]ttr, G. katze, kater, Ir. cat, W. cath,
     Armor. kaz, LL. catus, Bisc. catua, NGr. ga`ta, ga`tos, Russ.
     & Pol. kot, Turk. kedi, Ar. qitt; of unknown origin. Cf.
     Kitten.]
     1. (Zool.) Any animal belonging to the natural family
        Felidae, and in particular to the various species of the
        genera Felis, Panthera, and Lynx. The domestic cat
        is Felis domestica. The European wild cat ({Felis
        catus) is much larger than the domestic cat. In the
        United States the name wild cat is commonly applied to
        the bay lynx ({Lynx rufus). The larger felines, such as
        the lion, tiger, leopard, and cougar, are often referred
        to as cats, and sometimes as big cats. See Wild cat, and
        Tiger cat.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]
  
     Note: The domestic cat includes many varieties named from
           their place of origin or from some peculiarity; as, the
           Angora cat; the Maltese cat; the Manx cat; the
           Siamese cat.
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                 Laying aside their often rancorous debate over
                 how best to preserve the Florida panther, state
                 and federal wildlife officials,
                 environmentalists, and independent scientists
                 endorsed the proposal, and in 1995 the eight cats
                 [female Texas cougars] were brought from Texas
                 and released. . . .
                 Uprooted from the arid hills of West Texas, three
                 of the imports have died, but the remaining five
                 adapted to swamp life and have each given birth
                 to at least one litter of kittens. --Mark Derr
                                                    (N. Y. Times,
                                                    Nov. 2, 1999,
                                                    Science Times
                                                    p. F2).
           [PJC]
  
     Note: The word cat is also used to designate other animals,
           from some fancied resemblance; as, civet cat, fisher
           cat, catbird, catfish shark, sea cat.
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     2. (Naut.)
        (a) A strong vessel with a narrow stern, projecting
            quarters, and deep waist. It is employed in the coal
            and timber trade.
        (b) A strong tackle used to draw an anchor up to the
            cathead of a ship. --Totten.
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     3. A double tripod (for holding a plate, etc.), having six
        feet, of which three rest on the ground, in whatever
        position it is placed.
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     4. An old game; specifically:
        (a) The game of tipcat and the implement with which it is
            played. See Tipcat.
        (b) A game of ball, called, according to the number of
            batters, one old cat, two old cat, etc.
            [1913 Webster]
  
     5. same as cat o' nine tails; as, British sailors feared
        the cat.
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     6. A catamaran.
        [PJC]
  
     Angora cat, blind cat, See under Angora, Blind.
  
     Black cat the fisher. See under Black.
  
     Cat and dog, like a cat and dog; quarrelsome; inharmonious.
        "I am sure we have lived a cat and dog life of it."
        --Coleridge.
  
     Cat block (Naut.), a heavy iron-strapped block with a large
        hook, part of the tackle used in drawing an anchor up to
        the cathead.
  
     Cat hook (Naut.), a strong hook attached to a cat block.
  
     Cat nap, a very short sleep. [Colloq.]
  
     Cat o' nine tails, an instrument of punishment consisting
        of nine pieces of knotted line or cord fastened to a
        handle; -- formerly used to flog offenders on the bare
        back.
  
     Cat's cradle, game played, esp. by children, with a string
        looped on the fingers so, as to resemble small cradle. The
        string is transferred from the fingers of one to those of
        another, at each transfer with a change of form. See
        Cratch, Cratch cradle.
  
     To bell the cat, to perform a very dangerous or very
        difficult task; -- taken metaphorically from a fable about
        a mouse who proposes to put a bell on a cat, so as to be
        able to hear the cat coming.
  
     To let the cat out of the bag, to tell a secret, carelessly
        or willfully. [Colloq.]
  
     Bush cat, the serval. See Serval.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  black cat
      n 1: large dark brown North American arboreal carnivorous mammal
           [syn: fisher, pekan, fisher cat, black cat, Martes
           pennanti]

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