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

  Bush \Bush\ (b[.u]sh), n. [OE. bosch, busch, buysch, bosk, busk;
     akin to D. bosch, OHG. busc, G. busch, Icel. b[=u]skr,
     b[=u]ski, Dan. busk, Sw. buske, and also to LL. boscus,
     buscus, Pr. bosc, It. bosco, Sp. & Pg. bosque, F. bois, OF.
     bos. Whether the LL. or G. form is the original is uncertain;
     if the LL., it is perh. from the same source as E. box a
     case. Cf. Ambush, Boscage, Bouquet, Box a case.]
     1. A thicket, or place abounding in trees or shrubs; a wild
        forest.
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     Note: This was the original sense of the word, as in the
           Dutch bosch, a wood, and was so used by Chaucer. In
           this sense it is extensively used in the British
           colonies, especially at the Cape of Good Hope, and also
           in Australia and Canada; as, to live or settle in the
           bush.
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     2. A shrub; esp., a shrub with branches rising from or near
        the root; a thick shrub or a cluster of shrubs.
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              To bind a bush of thorns among sweet-smelling
              flowers.                              --Gascoigne.
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     3. A shrub cut off, or a shrublike branch of a tree; as,
        bushes to support pea vines.
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     4. A shrub or branch, properly, a branch of ivy (as sacred to
        Bacchus), hung out at vintners' doors, or as a tavern
        sign; hence, a tavern sign, and symbolically, the tavern
        itself.
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              If it be true that good wine needs no bush, 't is
              true that a good play needs no epilogue. --Shak.
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     5. (Hunting) The tail, or brush, of a fox.
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     To beat about the bush, to approach anything in a
        round-about manner, instead of coming directly to it; -- a
        metaphor taken from hunting.
  
     Bush bean (Bot.), a variety of bean which is low and
        requires no support ({Phaseolus vulgaris, variety nanus).
        See Bean, 1.
  
     Bush buck, or Bush goat (Zool.), a beautiful South
        African antelope ({Tragelaphus sylvaticus); -- so called
        because found mainly in wooden localities. The name is
        also applied to other species.
  
     Bush cat (Zool.), the serval. See Serval.
  
     Bush chat (Zool.), a bird of the genus Pratincola, of the
        Thrush family.
  
     Bush dog. (Zool.) See Potto.
  
     Bush hammer. See Bushhammer in the Vocabulary.
  
     Bush harrow (Agric.) See under Harrow.
  
     Bush hog (Zool.), a South African wild hog
        ({Potamoch[oe]rus Africanus); -- called also bush pig,
        and water hog.
  
     Bush+master+(Zool.),+a+venomous+snake+({Lachesis+mutus">Bush master (Zool.), a venomous snake ({Lachesis mutus) of
        Guinea; -- called also surucucu.
  
     Bush pea (Bot.), a variety of pea that needs to be bushed.
        
  
     Bush shrike (Zool.), a bird of the genus Thamnophilus,
        and allied genera; -- called also batarg. Many species
        inhabit tropical America.
  
     Bush tit (Zool.), a small bird of the genus Psaltriparus,
        allied to the titmouse. Psaltriparus minimus inhabits
        California.
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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.
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     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.
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     5. same as cat o' nine tails; as, British sailors feared
        the cat.
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     6. A catamaran.
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     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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