Can anyone point me to a philological discussion of the origin of the word
"cat", in particular when and how Latin "catus" (and its derivatives)
supplanted "felis", "aelurus" (a borrowing from Greek) and, as Anastasia
Tsaliki says, "gale".
Catherine Johns touched on the topic in Britannia a couple of years ago,
not in any depth, apropos a figure of a child holding a "cat" which CJ
says is a dog anatomically ...
Preston near Weymouth, Dorset, England
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