plural sphynx or sphynxes
: any of a breed of large-eared virtually hairless cats that originated as a spontaneous mutation

Examples of sphynx in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vintage store owner Hailey Clemens commemorated her own sphynx, Frank, in 2020 and chose the method for its imperfection. Hannah Baxter, Glamour, 14 Aug. 2023 Death is represented by a cat skull; the Chariot is a cat in a wheelchair; and the Devil is a sphynx in a chain collar. Medea Giordano, WIRED, 31 Oct. 2022 Young visitors at Meerkat Friends; a sphynx cat named Jelly at Mao Cafe; a 10-year-old sulcata tortoise named Kkobugi at Marie N Zoo. Yael Martínez, New York Times, 21 Sep. 2022 Still, the ship’s real VIP is Bug Naked, Captain Kate’s elusive elf sphynx. Katie Jackson, USA TODAY, 30 June 2022 Omicron, meanwhile, is a sphynx: decidedly still a cat, but wrinkly, whiskerless, and bald as a baby’s bottom. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 1 Feb. 2022 In his mind, the next major variant will probably reap its biggest advantages from snubbing a resemblance to Omicron; that would position it to escape whatever sphynx-ish immunity the variant’s currently coaxing out. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, 1 Feb. 2022 For Margaret Cho, her Chihuahua dog Lucia and two sphynx cats, Sacre Coeur and Sarang, give her unconditional familial love. Karen Mizoguchi,, 3 June 2021 Some people seek out cat breeds with reputations for being hypoallergenic, such as Siberians, Cornish rexes and sphynx. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, 27 June 2018 See More

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Word History


probably alteration of sphinx; from the cat's appearance

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sphynx was in 1970

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“Sphynx.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

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