\ ˈliŋ(k)s How to pronounce lynx (audio) \
plural lynx or lynxes

Definition of lynx

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: such as
a : a lynx (L. lynx) of northern Europe and Asia
b : bobcat
c : 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

2 Lynx, astronomy : a dim northern constellation that is visible between the constellations of Ursa Major and Gemini and that is represented by the figure of a lynx … Johannes Hevelius named this new constellation Lynx because only an observer with "the eyes of a lynx" could see its faint shape.— Richard Berry

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Recent Examples on the Web And yes, exotic animals do make an appearance — one character’s bedroom is sprayed with raw meat thanks to an African lynx. Tina Jordan, New York Times, "Love ‘Tiger King’? You’ll Love These Books, Too," 2 Apr. 2020 For Walker, the cyclic behavior of hares, their relationship to lynx and other predators, and his view of them out his window are all reasons to think about interconnectedness and the beauty that lies all around us. Nancy Lord, Anchorage Daily News, "50 years of patient observation is the foundation of a new book of wildlife photography," 5 Oct. 2019 In addition to tigers and lions, there were also panthers, bobcats, servals, lynx, etc. Matt Wake |, al, "‘Tiger King’: Alabama ties to bonkers Netflix hit," 17 Apr. 2020 Exotic cats are still a somewhat prized auction item, but someone could expect to see lynx, lemurs, llamas, reptiles, even wolves, up for sale. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Zoo That Divided a Town," 14 Mar. 2020 Due to the exclusion of human activity around the shuttered plant, the numbers of some wildlife – including wolves, bears, eagles, lynxes, and elk -- have increased. Fox News, "10 interesting facts about the Chernobyl nuclear disaster," 2 Mar. 2020 My home, Montana’s Flathead County, is Ground Zero of predators: public land chock full of not just wolves but mountain lions, lynx, bobcats, coyotes, black bears, and grizzly bears, all happy to dine on venison. Ben Long, Outdoor Life, "Finding a Middle Ground on Wolves and Wolf Management," 6 Mar. 2020 The group says state and federal agencies have documented captures of 16 lynx over the past decade in traps that were set for other species in northern Minnesota, including six that resulted in deaths of the rare cats. USA TODAY, "Eel-powered tree, skateboard safety, red light on herring: News from around our 50 states," 5 Dec. 2019 Among the animals soon to be defined as hazardous are the aforementioned lynx (a midsize feline native to Central Europe and Asia), several venomous or constrictive snakes, and lizards like the Komodo dragon. Jesse Mckinley, New York Times, "Bears (and Lynx and Rhinos) Are Officially ‘Dangerous,’ N.Y. Says," 20 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of lynx

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for lynx

Middle English, from Latin, from Greek; akin to Old English lox lynx and probably to Greek leukos white — more at light

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The first known use of lynx was in the 14th century

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10 May 2020

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“Lynx.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of lynx

: a large wild cat of North America


\ ˈliŋks How to pronounce lynx (audio) \
plural lynx or lynxes

Kids Definition of lynx

: 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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