car·​a·​cal | \ ˈker-ə-ˌkal How to pronounce caracal (audio) , ˈka-rə- \

Definition of caracal

: 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

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Recent Examples on the Web Powerful hunters The fastest of the smaller African wildcats, caracals are supreme hunters. National Geographic, "Caracal," 9 Feb. 2014 Through his business,, Casacci allegedly imported and sold dozens of caracals and servals throughout the United States between February and June 2018, according to a news release from the Justice Department. Fox News, "New York man charged with trafficking rare African cats," 13 Jan. 2020 The caracal was not current with its vaccinations, Fermon said. Javonte Anderson,, "Exotic cat shot to death by Bloomington cops after attacking 6-year-old girl and her mother," 25 June 2019 An exotic cat known as a caracal attacked a woman and her 6-year-old daughter and went after a dog before it was shot and killed by a police officer in Bloomington on Sunday morning, police said. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Legal recreational marijuana coming, an exotic cat attack and other things to know to start your day," 26 June 2019 The cat has been identified as a caracal, an exotic cat, which according to the Chicago Zoological Society is found mainly in Africa and Asia. Javonte Anderson,, "Exotic cat shot to death by Bloomington cops after attacking 6-year-old girl and her mother," 25 June 2019 Last Tuesday, the animal stars included an African porcupine, a caracal, a smallish African cat with prominent tufted ears, a monitor lizard and a cheetah. San Diego Union-Tribune, "For San Diego Zoo visitors, Sundown Summer Safari gives something extra," 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of caracal

1760, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caracal

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

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“Caracal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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