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

  • n. A long-legged wildcat (Felis serval) of Africa, having a tawny coat with black spots and large erect ears without tufts.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A medium-sized African wild cat. Scientific name: Leptailurus serval or Felis serval.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The African tiger-cat, Felis serval.

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

  • n. slender long-legged African wildcat having large untufted ears and tawny black-spotted coat

Etymologies

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)
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)

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