Katze

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Katz (chiefly in idioms)

Etymology[edit]

Old High German kazza, earlier *katta, from Late Latin catta, feminine of cattus. Akin to Old English catt (cat).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkatsə/, [ˈkʰätsə], [ˈkʰatsə]
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  • Rhymes: -atsə
  • Hyphenation: Kat‧ze

Noun[edit]

Katze f (genitive Katze, plural Katzen, diminutive Kätzchen n or Kätzlein n, feminine Kätzin, masculine Kater)

  1. house cat, Felis silvestris catus
  2. (specifically) a female housecat
  3. cat (any member of the genus felis)

Usage notes[edit]

  • Katze is the common term to refer to a female cat. The derived form Kätzin is mostly restricted to poetic language, jocular language and the context of cat breeding.

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