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Canada lynx

See under lynx.
Origin of Canada lynx
1830-40, Americanism


[lingks] /lɪŋks/
noun, plural lynxes (especially collectively) lynx for 1.
any of several wildcats of the genus Lynx (or Felis), having long limbs, a short tail, and usually tufted ears, especially L. lynx (Canada lynx) of Canada and the northern U.S., having grayish-brown fur marked with white.
genitive Lyncis
[lin-sis] /ˈlɪn sɪs/ (Show IPA).
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. a northern constellation between Ursa Major and Auriga.
1300-50; Middle English < Latin < Greek lýnx
Related forms
lynxlike, adjective
Can be confused
links, lynx. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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Examples from the Web for Canada lynx
Historical Examples
  • The Canada lynx is the most valuable and they are most sought by the trappers.

    Science of Trapping Elmer Harry Kreps
  • The animal is somewhat smaller than the Canada lynx, but resembles that animal in general appearance.

    Science of Trapping Elmer Harry Kreps
  • The Canada lynx preys largely upon the American hare, which it is well qualified to hunt.

British Dictionary definitions for Canada lynx


noun (pl) lynxes, lynx
a feline mammal, Felis lynx (or canadensis), of Europe and North America, with grey-brown mottled fur, tufted ears, and a short tail related adjective lyncean
the fur of this animal
bay lynx, another name for bobcat
desert lynx, another name for caracal
Also called Polish lynx. a large fancy pigeon from Poland, with spangled or laced markings
Derived Forms
lynxlike, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Latin from Greek lunx; related to Old English lox, German Luchs


noun (Latin genitive) Lyncis (ˈlɪnsɪs)
a faint constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Ursa Major and Cancer
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Word Origin and History for Canada lynx



mid-14c., from Latin lynx (source of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian lince), from Greek lyngz, perhaps from PIE *leuk- "light" (see light (n.)), in reference to its gleaming eyes or its ability to see in the dark.

If that men hadden eyghen of a beeste that highte lynx, so that the lokynge of folk myghte percen thurw the thynges that withstonden it. [Chaucer's "Boethius," c.1380]
Cf. Lithuanian luzzis, Old High German luhs, German luchs, Old English lox, Dutch los, Swedish lo "lynx."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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