Origin of Canada lynx
Definition for canada lynx (2 of 2)
noun, plural lynx·es, (especially collectively) lynx for 1.
Origin of lynx
British Dictionary definitions for canada lynx (1 of 2)
noun plural lynxes or lynx
Word Origin for lynx
British Dictionary definitions for canada lynx (2 of 2)
noun Latin genitive Lyncis (ˈlɪnsɪs)
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."