Originally denoted some other predatory small animal, probably the marten or the ferret. Subsequently used by Cicero to describe the Egyptians' domesticated cats. The usual Lat. word for 'cat' until displaced by LLat. cattus (CDB).
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Houaiss, Antônio & MS Villar. 2001. Dicionário Houaiss da língua portuguesa. Rio de Janeiro: Instituto António Houaiss.
Lewis, Charlton T. & Charles Short. 1879. A Latin Dictionary. New York: Harper Row.
Robert Farren, PIE culture words collection, 2017
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