American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A long-legged wildcat (Felis serval) of Africa, having a tawny coat with black spots and large erect ears without tufts.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The African tiger-cat, Felis serval. It is long-bodied and short-tailed, without penciling of the ears, of a tawny color spotted with black, and about 30 inches long, exclusive of the tail, which is 10 inches long and ringed. Also called
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) An African wild cat (Felis serval) of moderate size; -- called also
serval cat. It has rather long legs and a tail of moderate length. Its color is tawny, with black spots on the body and rings of black on the tail.
- n. slender long-legged African wildcat having large untufted ears and tawny black-spotted coat
- From French serval, from Portuguese cerval ("Iberian lynx"), from Latin lupus ("wolf") cervarius ("pertaining to a stag") (wolf that hunts the stag), cervus ("deer, stag"). (Wiktionary)
- French, from Portuguese (lobo) cerval, deerlike (wolf), lynx, from Late Latin cervālis, from Latin cervus, deer. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The wildcat, called a serval, is a medium-sized African animal that resembles a cheetah with large ears.”
“For those of you who don't know (and I certainly didn't), a serval is a medium sized African wildcat and a coatimundi is part of the raccoon family.”
“The article in the New York Post serval months ago, which depicted Obama asw a monkey.”
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“A serval was caught roaming around Battle Creek, MI.”
“An escaped serval was shot in Chester County raiding chickens.”
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