serval

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noun ser·val \ˈsər-vəl, (ˌ)sər-ˈval\

Definition of serval

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

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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: 1771


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