Serval meaning

sûrvəl, sər-văl
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A long-legged African wildcat (Leptailurus serval), having a tawny coat with black spots and very large erect ears without tufts.
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A medium-sized African wild cat, Leptailurus serval, formerly Felis serval.
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An African wildcat (Leptailurus serval) with a black-spotted, tawny coat, long legs, and no ear tufts.
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Origin of serval

  • French from Portuguese (lobo) cerval deerlike (wolf), lynx from Late Latin cervālis from Latin cervus deer ker-1 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French serval, from Portuguese cerval (“Iberian lynx”), from Latin lupus (“wolf”) cervarius (“pertaining to a stag”) (wolf that hunts the stag), cervus (“deer, stag”).

    From Wiktionary