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lynx

[ lingks ]
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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.

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RELATED WORDS

wildcat, bobcat, cat, catamount, caracal

Nearby words

lynn, lynn canal, lynnfield, lynnwood, lynwood, lynx, lynx-eyed, lyo-, lyocratic, lyolysis, lyolytic

Origin of lynx

1300–50; Middle English < Latin < Greek lýnx
Related formslynx·like, adjective
Can be confusedlinks lynx
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British Dictionary definitions for lynx (1 of 2)

lynx

/ (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 Formslynxlike, adjective

Word Origin for lynx

C14: via Latin from Greek lunx; related to Old English lox, German Luchs

British Dictionary definitions for lynx (2 of 2)

Lynx

/ (lɪŋks) /

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

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