\ 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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Visiting it with tour company Wild Poland during their weeklong Winter Wildlife Festival (Jan. 19-26) affords travelers the opportunity to see the continent’s largest population of wild bison, along with more elusive fauna like wolves and lynx. Nina Sovich, WSJ, "Europe in Winter: 35 Reasons to Visit Off-Season," 21 Nov. 2018 News), or a Japanese animated series on Netflix (as described by Elle), or a video of two lynxes yelling at each other (as described by Vice), or an important win by the Boston Red Sox (as described by the Boston Red Sox). Steven Hyden, New York Times, "Is the National ‘Mood’ the One in Polls or the One Online?," 2 July 2018 All kinds of Alaska critters wander around the park: wood bison, bears, moose, elk, musk ox, lynx among others. Scott Mcmurren, Anchorage Daily News, "Playing tour guide this summer for visitors to Alaska? Here are some fun itineraries," 7 July 2018 Time and again, Ms. Tyler gives us the equivalent of a hunter, mermaid, bear and lynx: an unlikely menagerie of souls fused by clandestine but urgent appetites. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, "‘Clock Dance’ Review: The Family Maker," 6 July 2018 When her tomb near Xi’an was excavated in 2004, archaeologists found in it the remains of a leopard, a lynx, a crane and a gibbon—a type of small ape. The Economist, "A new species of gibbon is found in a 2,200-year-old tomb," 23 June 2018 Originally found in 2004, the tomb’s dozen pits hold the bones of cranes, a lynx, a leopard, and an Asiatic black bear, among other animals. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Extinct Gibbon Species Discovered in 2,000-Year-Old Chinese Tomb," 23 June 2018 Lady Xia also took a leopard, a lynx, an Asiatic black bear, a crane, and several domestic animals with her to her very ornate grave in Chang’an, now the city of Shenheyuan in Shaanxi Province. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Extinct gibbon in ancient Chinese tomb hints at other lost primate species," 22 June 2018 The tomb, which was originally discovered in 2004, also held pits containing a menagerie of animals, including the bones of a leopard, lynx, Asiatic black bear, crane, domestic mammals and birds — and a gibbon. Amina Khan,, "Extinct species of gibbon discovered in an unlikely place — the tomb of a Chinese noblewoman," 22 June 2018

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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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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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