cat family/ dog family

Mr.Dent

Senior Member
English - all over the USA
In English felidae is colloquially referred to as the cat family.
In Spanish can you call felidae la familia de los gatos?
In similar manner in Spanish can you call canidae la familia de los perros?

Thank you.
 
  • Amapolas

    Senior Member
    Castellano rioplatense
    Yo diría la familia felina o de los felinos/félidos. La familia de los gatos lo usaría para referirme a una familia que tiene muchos gatos en su casa.
    Mismo para los perros, la familia de los cánidos sería la referencia a un grupo zoológico. En cambio, podría decir "Estoy harto de mis vecinos, la familia de los perros, porque los bichos se la pasan ladrando todo el santo día."
     

    Circunflejo

    Senior Member
    Castellano de Castilla
    As @Amapolas said, familia de los félidos (or de los felinos) and familia de los cánidos, respectively.

    in spanish does not exist a word similar to felidae.
    Well, I think that félidos is similar enough. In fact, felidae isn't English but Latin imported to English, so to speak.
     

    Ballenero

    Senior Member
    Spaniard
    Supongo que te refieres a familia como especie animal (todo esto dicho de forma coloquial).
    La familia de los felinos.
    La familia de los cánidos.
     

    gengo

    Senior Member
    American English
    Mr. Dent doesn't say whether he is asking about colloquial or scientific usage. If the former, then the above replies are probably perfect, but if the latter, then I think we need to include the word "familia." There are seven taxonomic ranks: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species. These translated into reino, filo, clase, orden, familia, género y especie.

    The word Felidae (which must be capitalized) is not just an English word, but an international scientific word used in all languages that use Roman letters.

    "Felidae is a family of mammals in the order Carnivora, colloquially referred to as cats."
    "Los félidos o comúnmente llamados felinos (Felidae) son una familia de mamíferos placentarios del orden Carnivora."
     
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