serval


ser·val

noun \ˈsər-vəl, (ˌ)sər-ˈval\

Definition of SERVAL

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

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Origin of SERVAL

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

serval

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Serval (Felis serval)—Christina Loke/Photo Researchers

Long-limbed cat (Felis serval) of sub-Saharan Africa found in grass- and bush-covered country near water. It has a long neck and large, cupped ears. It is 32–40 in. (80–100 cm) long, has an 8–12-in. (20–30-cm) tail, stands about 20 in. (50 cm), and may weigh over 30 lbs (15 kg). Its long coat is yellowish to reddish brown above and whitish below, with black spots or stripes; there are some all-black servals in Kenya.

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