Ti"ger (?), n. [OE. tigre, F.
tigre, L. tigris, Gr. ti`gris; probably of Persian
origin; cf. Zend tighra pointed, tighri an arrow, Per.
tīr; perhaps akin to E. stick, v.t.; -- probably so
named from its quickness.] 1. A very large and
powerful carnivore (Felis tigris) native of Southern Asia and the
East Indies. Its back and sides are tawny or rufous yellow, transversely
striped with black, the tail is ringed with black, the throat and belly are
nearly white. When full grown, it equals or exceeds the lion in size and
strength. Called also royal tiger, and Bengal
2. Fig.: A ferocious, bloodthirsty
As for heinous tiger, Tamora.
3. A servant in livery, who rides with his master
or mistress. Dickens.
4. A kind of growl or screech, after cheering; as,
three cheers and a tiger. [Colloq. U. S.]
5. A pneumatic box or pan used in refining
American tiger. (Zoöl.)
(a) The puma. (b) The
jaguar. -- Clouded tiger (Zoöl.), a
handsome striped and spotted carnivore (Felis macrocelis or F.
marmorata) native of the East Indies and Southern Asia. Its body is
about three and a half feet long, and its tail about three feet long. Its
ground color is brownish gray, and the dark markings are irregular stripes,
spots, and rings, but there are always two dark bands on the face, one
extending back from the eye, and one from the angle of the mouth. Called
also tortoise-shell tiger. -- Mexican tiger
(Zoöl.), the jaguar. -- Tiger beetle
(Zoöl.), any one of numerous species of active carnivorous
beetles of the family Cicindelidæ. They usually inhabit dry or
sandy places, and fly rapidly. -- Tiger bittern.
(Zoöl.) See Sun bittern, under Sun. --
Tiger cat (Zoöl.), any one of several
species of wild cats of moderate size with dark transverse bars or stripes
somewhat resembling those of the tiger. -- Tiger
flower (Bot.), an iridaceous plant of the genus
Tigridia (as T. conchiflora, T. grandiflora, etc.)
having showy flowers, spotted or streaked somewhat like the skin of a
tiger. -- Tiger grass (Bot.), a low East
Indian fan palm (Chamærops Ritchieana). It is used in many
ways by the natives. J. Smith (Dict. Econ. Plants). --
Tiger lily. (Bot.) See under Lily.
-- Tiger moth (Zoöl.), any one of
numerous species of moths of the family Arctiadæ which are
striped or barred with black and white or with other conspicuous colors.
The larvæ are called woolly bears. -- Tiger
shark (Zoöl.), a voracious shark (Galeocerdo
maculatus or tigrinus) more or less barred or spotted with yellow. It
is found in both the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. Called also zebra
shark. -- Tiger shell (Zoöl.), a
large and conspicuously spotted cowrie (Cypræa tigris); -- so
called from its fancied resemblance to a tiger in color and markings.
Called also tiger cowrie. -- Tiger wolf
(Zoöl.), the spotted hyena (Hyæna
crocuta). -- Tiger wood, the variegated
heartwood of a tree (Machærium Schomburgkii) found in