- a reddish-brown wildcat (Caracal caracal) of SW Asia and E Africa, with black-tipped ears
- its fur
Origin of caracalFrench ; from Spanish ; from Turkish qarah-qulaq ; from qara, black + qulaq, ear
A wildcat (Caracal caracal) of Africa and southwestern Asia having short fawn-colored fur and long tufted ears.
Origin of caracalFrench, from Ottoman Turkish qaraq&umacron;laq : qara, black (from Old Turkic; probably akin to Mongolian qara, and perhaps to Japanese kuro-) + q&umacron;laq, ear (from Old Turkic qulqaq, qulxaq; perhaps akin to Mongolian qulki, earwax).