Definition of serval
: a long-legged African wildcat (Felis serval) having large ears and a tawny black-spotted coat
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Animal presentations: Have face-to-face contact with the park’s animal ambassadors, such as a cheetah, an alligator or a serval.
Groo photographed this elusive serval cat at sunrise on the Makao Plains of Ndutu, Tanzania.
Within a few minutes, a jet-black serval—a wildcat with a normally cheetah-like coat—ambled into view of the shocked group before disappearing back into the bush.
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Origin and Etymology of serval
French, from Portuguese lobo cerval lynx, from Medieval Latin lupus cervalis, literally, deerlike wolf
First Known Use: 1771See Words from the same year
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