Ti"ger(?), n. [OE. tigre, F. tigre, L. tigris, Gr. ti`gris; probably of Persian origin; cf. Zend tighra pointed, tighri an arrow, Per. tr; perhaps akin to E. stick, v. t.; -- probably so named from its quickness.] 1. A very large and powerful carnivore (Felis tigris) native of Southern Asia and the East Indies. Its back and sides are tawny or rufous yellow, transversely striped with black, the tail is ringed with black, the throat and belly are nearly white. When full grown, it equals or exceeds the lion in size and strength. Called also royal tiger, and Bengal tiger.
2. Fig.: A ferocious, bloodthirsty person.
As for heinous tiger, Tamora.Shak.
3. A servant in livery, who rides with his master or mistress.
4. A kind of growl or screech, after cheering; as, three cheers and a
[Colloq. U. S.]
5. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining sugar.
(Zol.) (a) The puma. (b) The jaguar. --
(Zol.), a handsome striped and spotted carnivore (Felis macrocelis or Felis marmorata) native of the East Indies and Southern Asia. Its body is about three and a half feet long, and its tail about three feet long. Its ground color is brownish gray, and the dark markings are irregular stripes, spots, and rings, but there are always two dark bands on the face, one extending back from the eye, and one from the angle of the mouth. Called also
tortoise-shell tiger. --
(Zol.), the jaguar. --
(Zol.), any one of numerous species of active carnivorous beetles of the family Cicindelid. They usually inhabit dry or sandy places, and fly rapidly. --
Sun bittern, under Sun. --
(Zol.), any one of several species of wild cats of moderate size with dark transverse bars or stripes somewhat resembling those of the tiger. --
(Bot.), an iridaceous plant of the genus Tigridia (as Tigridia conchiflora, Tigridia grandiflora, etc.) having showy flowers, spotted or streaked somewhat like the skin of a tiger. --
(Bot.), a low East Indian fan palm (Chamrops Ritchieana). It is used in many ways by the natives.
J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants). --
(Bot.) See under Lily. --
(Zol.), any one of numerous species of moths of the family Arctiad which are striped or barred with black and white or with other conspicuous colors. The larv are called
woolly bears. --
(Zol.), a voracious shark (Galeocerdo tigrinus syn. Galeocerdo maculatus) more or less barred or spotted with yellow. It is found in both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Called also
zebra shark. --
(Zol.), a large and conspicuously spotted cowrie (Cypra tigris); -- so called from its fancied resemblance to a tiger in color and markings. Called also
tiger cowrie. --
(Zol.), either of two very venomous snakes of Tasmania and Australia, Notechis scutatis and Notechis ater, which grow up to 5 feet in length. --
(Zol.), the spotted hyena (Hyna crocuta). --
Tiger wood, the variegated heartwood of a tree (Machrium Schomburgkii) found in Guiana.
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