caracal

[kar-uh-kal]
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noun
  1. a slender, catlike mammal, Lynx caracal, with a reddish-brown coat and long tufted ears, inhabiting northern Africa and India.
  2. the fur of this animal.

Origin of caracal

1750–60; < French, apparently Buffon's adaption of Turkish karakulak lynx (kara black + kulak ear)
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Related Words for caracal

wildcat, bobcat, cat, catamount, caracal, feline, lynx

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British Dictionary definitions for caracal

caracal

noun
  1. Also called: desert lynx a lynxlike feline mammal, Lynx caracal, inhabiting deserts of N Africa and S Asia, having long legs, a smooth coat of reddish fur, and black-tufted ears
  2. the fur of this animal

Word Origin for caracal

C18: from French, from Turkish kara kūlāk, literally: black ear
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