- a long-limbed, nocturnal African cat, Felis serval, about the size of a bobcat, having a tawny coat spotted with black: now rare in many former habitats.
Origin of serval
Examples from the Web for serval
Among them was that of a leopard, an ant bear, and a serval cat.The Forest of Mystery
James H. Foster
Till one day there came a leopard and fought with the serval and killed him.
So Paka ate of the crabs, and she followed the serval many days.
With a convulsive wriggle the serval made a last attempt to bury its fangs in its victim's neck.Samba
The Serval is a spotted cat—black upon a pale-yellowish ground—and considerably larger than the domestic species.
- a slender feline mammal, Felis serval, of the African bush, having an orange-brown coat with black spots, large ears, and long legs
Word Origin and History for serval
African wild cat, 1771, from Modern Latin serval, French serval (Buffon, 1765), from Portuguese (lobo) cerval "lynx," from Latin lupus cervarius (cf. French loup cervier) "lynx," literally "wolf that hunts the stag," from cervarius "pertaining to a stag," from cervus "stag" (see horn (n.)).