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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.
n, pl -vals or -val
(Animals) a slender feline mammal, Felis serval, of the African bush, having an orange-brown coat with black spots, large ears, and long legs
[C18: via French from Late Latin cervālis staglike, from Latin cervus a stag]
n., pl. -vals, (esp. collectively) -val.
a long-limbed, nocturnal African cat, Felis serval, about the size of a bobcat, having a tawny coat spotted with black.
[1765–75; < New Latin < Portuguese (lobo) cerval lynx, literally, staglike (wolf) < Late Latin cervālis deerlike]
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|Noun||1.||serval - slender long-legged African wildcat having large untufted ears and tawny black-spotted coat|
wildcat - any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild