lynx


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.
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   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.
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