car·​a·​cal ˈker-ə-ˌkal How to pronounce caracal (audio)
: a long-legged reddish-brown nocturnal cat (Felis caracal synonym Lynx caracal) of savannas in Africa and parts of Asia that has long pointed ears with a tuft of black hairs at the tip

Examples of caracal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Besides tigers, there are many other cats in Ranthambore such as the extremely rare melanistic jungle cat, leopards, the desert cat, and caracals. Jasreen Mayal Khanna, Robb Report, 17 May 2024 Spot South Africa's national flower (the king protea), tiny colorful sunbirds, and even one of the mountain's caracals. Heather Richardson, Travel + Leisure, 17 May 2021 In any case, what seemed to set off alarm bells for residents is when police contacted the Royal Oak school district Wednesday to warn the missing caracal was seen around an elementary school. Frank Witsil, Detroit Free Press, 15 Oct. 2021 The cat, a large caracal from Africa, escaped from its owner's garage last Wednesday, Southwest News Service (SWNS) reports. Michael Hollan, Fox News, 18 Oct. 2021

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Word History


French, from Turkish karakulak, from kara black + kulak ear

First Known Use

1760, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caracal was in 1760

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“Caracal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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