noun, plural ser·vals, (especially collectively) ser·val.
Origin of serval
Examples from the Web for serval
Historical Examples of serval
Among them was that of a leopard, an ant bear, and a serval cat.The Forest of Mystery
James H. Foster
So Paka ate of the crabs, and she followed the serval many days.
Till one day there came a leopard and fought with the serval and killed him.
With a convulsive wriggle the serval made a last attempt to bury its fangs in its victim's neck.Samba
The Serval is a spotted cat—black upon a pale-yellowish ground—and considerably larger than the domestic species.
noun plural -vals or -val
Word Origin 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.)).