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 (sûr′vəl, sər-văl′)
A long-legged African wildcat (Leptailurus serval), having a tawny coat with black spots and very large erect ears without tufts.

[French, from Portuguese (lobo) cerval, deerlike (wolf), lynx, from Late Latin cervālis, from Latin cervus, deer; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]


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]


(ˈsɜr vəl)

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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.serval - slender long-legged African wildcat having large untufted ears and tawny black-spotted coatserval - slender long-legged African wildcat having large untufted ears and tawny black-spotted coat
Felis, genus Felis - type genus of the Felidae: true cats and most wildcats
wildcat - any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
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