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lynx

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noun \ˈliŋ(k)s\

Simple Definition of lynx

  • : a large wild cat of North America

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of lynx

plural lynx or lynxes

  1. :  any of several wildcats with relatively long legs, a short stubby tail, mottled coat, and often tufted ears that are thought to comprise a distinct genus (Lynx) of the cat family or to be part of a genus (Felis) that includes the domestic cat and cougar as a :  a lynx (L. lynx) of northern Europe and Asia b :  bobcat c :  a North American lynx (L. canadensis) distinguished from the bobcat by its larger size, longer tufted ears, and wholly black tail tip —called also Canadian lynx

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Origin of lynx

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek; akin to Old English lox lynx and probably to Greek leukos white — more at light


First Known Use: 14th century

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LYNX Defined for Kids

lynx

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noun \ˈliŋks\

Definition of lynx for Students

plural lynx or lynxes

  1. :  any of several wildcats with rather long legs, a short tail, and often ears with tufts of long hairs at the tip




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