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14. cat \kat\ n. 1. a carnivorous mammal (Felis catus) long domesticated as a pet and for catching rats and mice; 2. any of a family of carnivorous mammals (as the domestic cat, lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, cougar, wildcat, lynx, and cheetah)

What do the italicized words Felis catus mean in the definition above?

They refer to the scientific name of the domestic house cat.
It refers to another use of the word cat.
Felis catus is the name of a ship.
It means the author of the dictionary is thinking something.

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    Felix catus is the scientific name.

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