\ ˈsfiŋ(k)s How to pronounce sphynx (audio) \
plural sphynx or sphynxes

Definition of sphynx

: 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 Some people seek out cat breeds with reputations for being hypoallergenic, such as Siberians, Cornish rexes and sphynx. Kim Campbell Thornton, sacbee, "Cats’ quirks? Read about breeds," 27 June 2018 In person, Bettany is thoughtful and forthright, alternating between statue-still, sphynx-like observations from behind tinted glasses and leaning-forward non-negotiable philosophies. Tom Philip, GQ, "Solo’s Paul Bettany Doesn’t Believe in Chemistry," 29 May 2018 The dogs are starving out the cats, and a couple of sphynx supremacists are pushing for total war. Alexis Soloski, New York Times, "Review: ‘Locked Up’ and in for a Ruff Night," 8 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of sphynx

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sphynx

probably alteration of sphinx; from the cat's appearance

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“Sphynx.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sphynx. Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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