What does 'catus' in 'felis catus' mean exactly? Dictionaries say something along the lines of 'clever', 'shrewd' etc., but is that really the Latin word which was used when the domesticated cat was classified or is it a homonym?
the etymology seems to be more complex, according to: Wikipedia: cat.
Apparently, the domestic cat was named felis catus by swedish zoologist Linnaeus
in the 18th Century (i.e. when Latin already was a long-dead language).