Etymology
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serval (n.)

African wild cat, 1771, from Modern Latin serval, French serval (Buffon, 1765), from Portuguese (lobo) cerval "lynx," from Latin lupus cervarius (source of French loup cervier) "lynx," literally "wolf that hunts the stag," from cervarius "pertaining to a stag," from cervus "stag," from PIE *ker-wo- "having horns," suffixed form of root *ker- (1) "horn; head."

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Definitions of serval

serval (n.)
slender long-legged African wildcat having large untufted ears and tawny black-spotted coat;
Synonyms: Felis serval
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