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serval

[sur-vuh l] /ˈsɜr vəl/
noun, plural servals (especially collectively) serval.
1.
a long-limbed, nocturnal African cat, Felis serval, about the size of a bobcat, having a tawny coat spotted with black: now rare in many former habitats.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < New Latin < Portuguese (lobo) cerval lynx, literally, staglike (wolf) < Late Latin cervālis deerlike, equivalent to Latin cerv(us) stag + -ālis -al1
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serval

/ˈsɜːvəl/
noun (pl) -vals, -val
1.
a slender feline mammal, Felis serval, of the African bush, having an orange-brown coat with black spots, large ears, and long legs
Word Origin
C18: via French from Late Latin cervālis staglike, from Latin cervus a stag
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Word Origin and History for serval
n.

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.)).

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