Katze

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German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈkʰɑtsə/, /ˈkʰatsə/ (most of Germany)
  • IPA(key): /ˈkɑtːsə/ (Austro-Bavarian, Switzerland, regional Germany)
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  • Rhymes: -atsə
  • Hyphenation: Kat‧ze

Noun[edit]

Katze f (genitive Katze, plural Katzen, diminutive Kätzchen n or Kätzlein n, female Kätzin, male Kater)

  1. house cat, Felis silvestris catus
    Synonym: Hauskatze
  2. (specifically) a female house cat
    Synonym: Kätzin (uncommon)
  3. cat (any member of the genus Felis)
  4. (astronomy, historical) the obsolete constellation Felis

Usage notes[edit]

Katze is the common term to refer to a cat (both male and female ones). The derived form Kätzin is mostly restricted to poetic language and technical language.

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(any cat):

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Pennsylvania German[edit]

Noun[edit]

Katze

  1. plural of Katz