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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Lynx \Lynx\ (l[i^][ng]ks), n. [L. lynx, lyncis, Gr. ly`gx; 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. (Zool.) 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. [1913 Webster] Note: Among the well-known species are the European lynx (Felis borealis); the Canada lynx or loup-cervier (Felis Canadensis syn. Lynx lynx); the bay lynx of America (Felis rufa), and its western spotted variety (var. maculata); and the pardine lynx (Felis pardina) of Southern Europe. 2. (Astron.) One of the northern constellations. [1913 Webster]