Dictionary

serval

noun ser·val \ˈsər-vəl, (ˌ)sər-ˈval\

Definition of SERVAL

:  a long-legged African wildcat (Felis serval) having large ears and a tawny black-spotted coat
ADVERTISEMENT

Illustration of SERVAL

Origin of SERVAL

French, from Portuguese lobo cerval lynx, from Medieval Latin lupus cervalis, literally, deerlike wolf
First Known Use: 1771

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: servaline (adjective)Previous Word in the Dictionary: servAll Words Near: serval
How to use a word that (literally) drives some people nuts.
Test your vocab with our fun, fast game
Ailurophobia, and 9 other unusual fears