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lynx

[lingks] /lɪŋks/
noun, plural lynxes (especially collectively) lynx for 1.
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.
2.
genitive Lyncis
[lin-sis] /ˈlɪn sɪs/ (Show IPA).
(initial capital letter) Astronomy. a northern constellation between Ursa Major and Auriga.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Latin < Greek lýnx
Related forms
lynxlike, adjective
Can be confused
links, lynx.
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British Dictionary definitions for lynxlike

lynx

/lɪŋks/
noun (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 tail related adjective 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
Derived Forms
lynxlike, adjective
Word Origin
C14: via Latin from Greek lunx; related to Old English lox, German Luchs

Lynx

/lɪŋks/
noun (Latin genitive) Lyncis (ˈlɪnsɪs)
1.
a faint constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Ursa Major and Cancer
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Word Origin and History for lynxlike

lynx

n.

mid-14c., from Latin lynx (source of Spanish, Portuguese, Italian lince), from Greek lyngz, perhaps from PIE *leuk- "light" (see light (n.)), in reference to its gleaming eyes or its ability to see in the dark.

If that men hadden eyghen of a beeste that highte lynx, so that the lokynge of folk myghte percen thurw the thynges that withstonden it. [Chaucer's "Boethius," c.1380]
Cf. Lithuanian luzzis, Old High German luhs, German luchs, Old English lox, Dutch los, Swedish lo "lynx."

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