lynx

A lynx is a wild cat with distinctive tufts on the tips of its ears that give it extra-sensitive hearing. Many species of lynx live in northern climates and use their huge paws as snowshoes.

The lynx is known for its tufted ears, snowshoe paws, and lush, spotted fur. Because of this fur, lynx have been aggressively hunted by humans for centuries. Today many species of lynx are endangered, and while Canada lynx have a stable population, they are dependent on snowshoe hares, their preferred prey. Some etymologists guess that lynx comes from a root meaning "brightness," referring to the cat's glowing yellow eyes.

Definitions of lynx
  1. noun
    short-tailed wildcats with usually tufted ears; valued for their fur
    synonyms: catamount
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    Lynx lynx, common lynx
    of northern Eurasia
    Canada lynx, Lynx canadensis
    of northern North America
    Lynx rufus, bay lynx, bobcat
    small lynx of North America
    Lynx pardina, spotted lynx
    of southern Europe
    Lynx caracal, caracal, desert lynx
    of deserts of northern Africa and southern Asia
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    wildcat
    any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
  2. noun
    a text browser
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    browser, web browser
    a program used to view HTML documents
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