Definitions for: Lynx


[n] short-tailed wildcats with usually tufted ears; valued for their fur



Webster (1913) Definition: Lynx, n. [L. lynx, lyncis, Gr. ?; akin to AS. lox, G.
luchs, prob. named from its sharp sight, and akin to E.
light. See Light, n., and cf. Ounce an animal.]
1. (Zo["o]l.) Any one of several species of feline animals of
the genus Felis, and subgenus Lynx. They have a short
tail, and usually a pencil of hair on the tip of the ears.



Note: Among the well-known species are the European lynx
(Felis borealis); the Canada lynx or loup-cervier
(F. Canadensis); the bay lynx of America (F. rufa),
and its western spotted variety (var. maculata); and
the pardine lynx (F. pardina) of Southern Europe.

2. (Astron.) One of the northern constellations.

Synonyms: catamount

See Also: bay lynx, bobcat, Canada lynx, caracal, common lynx, desert lynx, genus Lynx, Lynx canadensis, Lynx caracal, Lynx lynx, Lynx pardina, Lynx rufus, spotted lynx, wildcat

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Famous Quotes Containing Lynx:


The ancient feud between cat and dog is not forgotten in the north, for the Lynx is the deadly foe of the Fox and habitually kills it when there is soft snow and scarcity of easier prey.

-- Ernest Thompson Seton (American Leader)


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