\ 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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Examples of lynx in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web From lavender to lynx and calliopes to cranes, you’ll never be bored in the ’Boo. Chicago Tribune, 21 July 2022 Lake were destroyed as Europeans settled the area, but a few remain, including lynx, conical, linear and bear mounds on the north shore and a bird mound on the south shore. Chelsey Lewis, Journal Sentinel, 7 July 2022 Two bobcats in Wisconsin, a coyote pup in Michigan and skunks in Canada have also tested positive for the virus, as have foxes, otters, a lynx, a polecat and a badger in Europe. New York Times, 18 June 2022 Canada lynx Matilda gave birth to three kittens on May 19. Rae Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 8 June 2022 With more than 288 square miles to explore, Lahemaa is the largest national park in the nation, and its vast forests provide refuge for a wealth of iconic European mammals including brown bears, gray wolves, and Eurasian lynx. Jared Ranahan, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 This young lynx, lineage descendant of a female coming from a breeding center, will conquest new territories. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 12 Sep. 2021 For example, one lynx trotted to the mouth of the Yukon River, another to northern British Columbia. Ned Rozell, Anchorage Daily News, 2 Apr. 2022 People come from all over the world to watch the Old Faithful geyser erupt and to spot one of the park's furry inhabitants — grizzly bears, wolves, bison, foxes, lynx, moose, elk all call the area home. Evie Carrick, Travel + Leisure, 12 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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“Lynx.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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\ 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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