serval

noun
ser·​val | \ ˈsər-vəl How to pronounce serval (audio) , (ˌ)sər-ˈval \

Definition of serval

: a long-legged African wildcat (Felis serval) having large ears and a tawny black-spotted coat

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Examples of serval in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For $75 a night, visitors could share a small cabin with a bobcat, cougar, or serval. Rachel Nuwer, Longreads, "The Strange and Dangerous World of America’s Big Cat People," 10 Mar. 2020 In addition to tigers and lions, there were also panthers, bobcats, servals, lynx, etc. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "‘Tiger King’: Alabama ties to bonkers Netflix hit," 17 Apr. 2020 However, other tigers, lions, snow leopards, cheetahs, clouded leopards, Amur leopards, pumas or servals the infected zookeeper cared for are showing no signs of the disease. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Lions, tigers and house cats: You won't catch coronavirus from felines, experts say," 6 Apr. 2020 Four days later, a coatimundi and serval died without veterinary care or a necropsy, the animal equivalent of an autopsy. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, "'Tiger Baby Playtime' roadside zoo's wildlife permit revoked by feds for 120+ violations," 7 Feb. 2020 The cat was identified by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as a serval, a species of wild cat native to Africa. Sheridan Hendrix, USA TODAY, "Father of Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott charged with improperly keeping exotic cat," 17 Dec. 2019 The cat was identified by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources as a serval, a species of wild cat native to Africa. Sheridan Hendrix, Cincinnati.com, "Father of Ezekiel Elliott charged with improperly keeping exotic cat," 17 Dec. 2019 Through his business, ExoticCubs.com, Casacci allegedly imported and sold dozens of caracals and servals throughout the United States between February and June 2018, according to a news release from the Justice Department. Fox News, "New York man charged with trafficking rare African cats," 13 Jan. 2020 The father of Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott could potentially be in hot water after an incident involving a rampaging serval cat. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Ezekiel Elliott's Father Under Investigation for Loose African Cat Shot Dead by Police," 17 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of serval

1771, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for serval

French, from Portuguese lobo cerval lynx, from Medieval Latin lupus cervalis, literally, deerlike wolf

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The first known use of serval was in 1771

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13 Aug 2020

Cite this Entry

“Serval.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/serval. Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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