Canada lynx


See under lynx.

Origin of Canada lynx

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40



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
Related formslynx·like, adjective
Can be confusedlinks lynx Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for canada lynx


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 Formslynxlike, adjective

Word Origin for lynx

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."

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