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[sur-vuh l] /ˈsɜr vəl/
noun, plural servals (especially collectively) serval.
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.
1765-75; < Neo-Latin < Portuguese (lobo) cerval lynx, literally, staglike (wolf) < Late Latin cervālis deerlike, equivalent to Latin cerv(us) stag + -ālis -al1 Unabridged
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noun (pl) -vals, -val
a slender feline mammal, Felis serval, of the African bush, having an orange-brown coat with black spots, large ears, and long legs
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C18: via French from Late Latin cervālis staglike, from Latin cervus a stag
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