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wildcat

wild·cat

wildcat

pronunciation:
waIld kaet
parts of speech:
noun, adjective, transitive verb & intransitive verb
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: any of various medium-sized wild cats, such as the bobcat, lynx, and ocelot.
definition 2: a fierce, violent, or hot-tempered person.
definition 3: an oil well drilled in an area not proven to have oil.
 
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: characterized by highly speculative, unsound, unofficial, or unethical business methods.
definition 2: happening suddenly and without approval by appropriate officials, as a labor strike or work stoppage.
 
part of speech: transitive verb & intransitive verb
inflections: wildcats, wildcatted, wildcatting
definition: to search in previously unproven areas, esp. for oil.
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