Canada lynx

Canada lynx

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1830–40, Americanism Unabridged


noun, plural lynxes (especially collectively) lynx for 1.
any of several wildcats of the genus Lynx (or Felis ), having long limbs, a short tail, and usually tufted ears, especially L. lynx (Canada lynx) of Canada and the northern U.S., having grayish-brown fur marked with white.
genitive Lyncis [lin-sis] . (initial capital letter) Astronomy. a northern constellation between Ursa Major and Auriga.

1300–50; Middle English < Latin < Greek lýnx

lynxlike, adjective

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World English Dictionary
lynx (lɪŋks)
n , pl lynxes, lynx
1.  a feline mammal, Felis lynx (or canadensis), of Europe and North America, with grey-brown mottled fur, tufted ears, and a short tailRelated: lyncean
2.  the fur of this animal
3.  bay lynx another name for bobcat
4.  desert lynx another name for caracal
5.  Also called: Polish lynx a large fancy pigeon from Poland, with spangled or laced markings
Related: lyncean
[C14: via Latin from Greek lunx; related to Old English lox, German Luchs]

Lynx (lɪŋks)
n , Latin genitive Lyncis
a faint constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Ursa Major and Cancer

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Word Origin & History

1340, from L. lynx (cf. Sp., It. lince), from Gk. lyngz, probably from PIE *leuk- "light," in reference to its gleaming eyes or its ability to see in the dark (cf. Lith. luzzis, O.H.G. luhs, Ger. luchs, O.E. lox, Du. los, Swed. lo "lynx").
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