(Tif"fin) n. [Properly, tiffing a quaffing, a drinking. See Tiff, n.] A lunch, or slight repast between
breakfast and dinner; originally, a Provincial English word, but introduced into India, and brought back
to England in a special sense.
(Tiff"ish) a. Inclined to tiffs; peevish; petulant.
(Tift) n. [Cf. Norw. teft a scent. See Tiff, n.] A fit of pettishness, or slight anger; a tiff.
After all your fatigue you seem as ready for a tift with me as if you had newly come from church.Blackwood's
1. A game among children. See Tag.
2. A capacious, flat-bottomed drinking cup, generally with four handles, formerly used for passing around
the table at convivial entertainment.
(||Ti*gel"la) n. [NL., from F. tige stem or stock.] (Bot.) That part of an embryo which represents
the young stem; the caulicle or radicle.
(Ti*gelle") n. [F.] (Bot.) Same as Tigella.
(Ti"ger) n. [OE. tigre, F. tigre, L. tigris, Gr. ti`gris; probably of Persian origin; cf. Zend tighra
pointed, tighri an arrow, Per. tir; 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 tiger.
2. Fig.: A ferocious, bloodthirsty person.
As for heinous tiger, Tamora.Shak.
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 sugar.
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 It is used in many ways by the natives. J. Smith 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)