Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A wildcat (Felis caracal syn. Lynx caracal) of Africa and southern Asia having short fawn-colored fur and long tufted ears.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A type of mountain cat, of genus Caracal, native to Southern Africa, Turkestan and India, Caracal caracal or Felis caracal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lynx (Felis caracal syn. Lynx caracal). It is a native of Africa and Asia. Its ears are black externally, and tipped with long black hairs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A carnivorous digitigrade quadruped of the Felidæ, or cat family, and genus Lynx, L. caracal, inhabiting portions of northern Africa and southwestern Asia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. of deserts of northern Africa and southern Asia

Etymologies

French, from Ottoman Turkish qaraqūlāq : qara, black + qūlāq, ear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Turkish karakulak. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Farmers are using these traps to catch anything that is a 'problem animal' such as caracal, jackals and honey badgers. "

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • She cared about birds, baboons, whales and caracal cats.

    Here Lies Paul Eight Feet Under

  • They include Asiatic or golden jackal Canis aureus, fennec fox Fennecus zerda (K), Rüppells sand fox Vulpes rüppelli (K), caracal Felis caracal and sand cat Felis margarita (K).

    Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger

  • Buncan saw the fox and caracal laugh uproariously but hardly spared a glance in their direction.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • Muscles in the fox's neck and arms tensed while the caracal emitted a low, throaty snarl.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • His road-toughened companions, a fox and caracal, didn't look like pushovers themselves.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • The caracal laughed sharply, a sound like sandpaper on velvet.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • Across the table the fox and caracal shared a meaningful chuckle.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • More than 70 diurnal mammals have been described, including a number of carnivores such as spotted hyena Crocuta crocuta, common jackal Canis aureus, serval Felis serval, caracal F. caracal, lion Panthera leo, cheetah Acinonyx jubatus (T), and wild dog Lycaon pictus (T), previously considered locally extinct.

    'W' National Park, Niger

  • I once petted a snow leopard kitten, a caracal kitten, and a Siberian lynx kitten, all in one hour.

    8 Things

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  • "Hassan can watch as a marksman tracks a stag, a hart and a fawn, and at last bags a ram (a bwana as smart as Tarzan can trap all mammals: alpacas and llamas, caracals and pandas, aardvarks that can catch larval ants).
    Eunoia by Christian Bök (upgraded edition), p 27

    May 20, 2010