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

Related Words for lynx

wildcat, bobcat, cat, catamount, caracal

Examples from the Web for lynx

Contemporary Examples of lynx

Historical Examples of lynx

  • It was a lynx kitten, partly grown, like the cub, but not so large.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • Once, the cub sprang in and sank his teeth into the hind leg of the lynx.

    White Fang

    Jack London

  • First for the tail of my lynx, and then a bee-line for the camp.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • The lynx was uppermost, and she made a vicious snap at the boy's face.

    The Fiery Totem

    Argyll Saxby

  • With the disappearance of rabbits, the fox and lynx had also disappeared.

    The Gaunt Gray Wolf

    Dillon Wallace

British Dictionary definitions for 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 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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