lynx

noun
\ 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

Illustration of lynx

Illustration of lynx

Examples of lynx in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

About two-thirds of the Exclusion Zone is a wildlife reserve, populated by increasing numbers of wolves, foxes, lynxes, wild pigs, deer and moose. Dallas News, "Decades after nuclear disaster, tourism is booming at Chernobyl," 18 June 2019 And Canada lynx have been gone since 1992, according to records kept by UW-Stevens Point. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: When it comes to wildcats in Wisconsin, bobcats are king," 5 June 2019 The bobcat, known scientifically as lynx rufus, or red lynx, has reddish to tan fur, stripes on its face and mottled spots on its body. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: When it comes to wildcats in Wisconsin, bobcats are king," 5 June 2019 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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lynx.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lynx

Dictionary Entries near lynx

lynnhaven

Lynnwood

Lynwood

lynx

lynx cat

lynx-eyed

lynxlike

Statistics for lynx

Last Updated

22 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lynx

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for lynx

lynx

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lynx

: a large wild cat of North America

lynx

noun
\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on lynx

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with lynx

Spanish Central: Translation of lynx

Nglish: Translation of lynx for Spanish Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about lynx

Comments on lynx

What made you want to look up lynx? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

characterized by aphorism

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!