nounpl. -·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 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 cervālis from Latin cervus deer ; see ker-1 in Indo-European roots.