See under lynx.
Origin of Canada lynx
An Americanism dating back to 1830–40
Definition for canada lynx (2 of 2)
[ lingks ]
/ lɪŋks /
noun, plural lynx·es, (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 Lyn·cis [lin-sis] /ˈlɪn sɪs/. (initial capital letter) Astronomy. a northern constellation between Ursa Major and Auriga.
Origin of lynx
1300–50; Middle English < Latin < Greek lýnx
OTHER WORDS FROM lynxlynx·like, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lynxlinks lynx
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British Dictionary definitions for canada lynx (1 of 2)
/ (lɪŋks) /
noun plural lynxes or lynx
a feline mammal, Felis lynx (or canadensis), of Europe and North America, with grey-brown mottled fur, tufted ears, and a short tailRelated 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 of lynxlynxlike, adjective
Word Origin for lynx
C14: via Latin from Greek lunx; related to Old English lox, German Luchs
British Dictionary definitions for canada lynx (2 of 2)
/ (lɪŋks) /
noun Latin genitive Lyncis (ˈlɪnsɪs)
a faint constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Ursa Major and Cancer
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