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.
genitiveLyn·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 < Greeklýnx
Related formslynx·like, adjectiveCan be confusedlinkslynx
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."