lynx

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noun \ˈliŋ(k)s\

Definition of lynx

plural

lynx

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lynxes

  1. :  any of several wildcats with relatively long legs, a short stubby tail, mottled coat, and usually 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 asa :  a lynx (L. lynx) of northern Europe and Asiab :  bobcatc :  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 and Etymology 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


LYNX Defined for English Language Learners

lynx

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noun \ˈliŋ(k)s\

Definition of lynx for English Language Learners

  • : a large wild cat of North America


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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