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caracal

[kar-uh-kal] /ˈkær əˌkæl/
noun
1.
a slender, catlike mammal, Lynx caracal, with a reddish-brown coat and long tufted ears, inhabiting northern Africa and India.
2.
the fur of this animal.
Origin
1750-1760
1750-60; < French, apparently Buffon's adaption of Turkish karakulak lynx (kara black + kulak ear)
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caracal

/ˈkærəˌkæl/
noun
1.
Also called desert lynx. a lynxlike feline mammal, Lynx caracal, inhabiting deserts of N Africa and S Asia, having long legs, a smooth coat of reddish fur, and black-tufted ears
2.
the fur of this animal
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Turkish kara kūlāk, literally: black ear
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