pl. -·vals or -·val
an African wildcat (Leptailurus serval) with a black-spotted, tawny coat, long legs, and no ear tufts
Origin of servalFrench ; from Portuguese (lobo) cerval ; from Classical Latin (lupus) cervarius, lynx, literally , deer wolf: see wolf and amp; cervine
A long-legged African wildcat (Leptailurus serval), having a tawny coat with black spots and very large erect ears without tufts.
Origin of servalFrench, from Portuguese (lobo) cerval, deerlike (wolf), lynx, from Late Latin cerv&amacron;lis, from Latin cervus, deer; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.