noun, plural ser·vals, (especially collectively) ser·val.
Origin of serval
Examples from the Web for serval
Among them was that of a leopard, an ant bear, and a serval cat.The Forest of Mystery|James H. Foster
Till one day there came a leopard and fought with the serval and killed him.
So Paka ate of the crabs, and she followed the serval many days.
With a convulsive wriggle the serval made a last attempt to bury its fangs in its victim's neck.Samba|Herbert Strang
So she came down to the shore, and there she met a serval, who was hunting the crabs of the shore.
British Dictionary definitions for serval
noun plural -vals or -val
Word Origin for serval
Word Origin and History for serval
African wild cat, 1771, from Modern Latin serval, French serval (Buffon, 1765), from Portuguese (lobo) cerval "lynx," from Latin lupus cervarius (cf. French loup cervier) "lynx," literally "wolf that hunts the stag," from cervarius "pertaining to a stag," from cervus "stag" (see horn (n.)).