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First published 2002 (DOST Vol. XII).

Wildcat, Wyld cat(t, n. Also: vild-, uildcat, wilcat, -katt. [Late ME and e.m.E. wylde cat (1418), wilde catte (1566), -cat (1573-80), MLG wildkatte.] A wildcat. Also attrib. 1460 Hay Alex. 14590.
Thare wyld cattis ar grete as wolffis ar With ougly ene and tuskis fer scherpare
a1500 Henr. Fab. 902.
The wodwys [Bass., Ch. tame cat], vildcat [Bann. wildcat] and the wild wolfyne
a1500 Henr. Fab. 2504.
Was nowther volff, vildcat [Ch. uildcat], nor ȝit tod Durst cum within thay boundis
1560 Rolland Seven S. 4008.
Ane wod wilcat that neuer will do weill
a1578 Pitsc. I 338/21.
The king … slew xxx scoir of heartis … witht wther small beistis as … wolf and fox, and wyldcattis
1590 Burel Pilgr. i 99.
The wildcat worst of all the laue
1596 Dalr. I 21/27.
The martrix, the brok and the wilkatt
1630 Berw. Nat. C. IV 283.
Forests … full of reid-deer … wyldcatts, … skuyrells [etc.]
attrib. 1576 Edinb. Test. IV 337a.
Foure wild cat skynnis
1591 Edinb. Test. XXIII 44a.
Ane wyld cat skyn price iiij s.

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