Main definitions of lynx in English

: lynx1Lynx2

lynx1

noun

  • 1A wild cat with yellowish-brown fur (sometimes spotted), a short tail, and tufted ears, found chiefly in the northern latitudes of North America and Eurasia.

    • ‘The entire preserve sits inside the Kootenai National Forest and is populated by wildlife, including bears and trout as well as wolverines, lynxes, and mountain goats.’
    • ‘Other predators are red foxes, coyotes, wolves, bear, mountain lions, lynx, bobcats, eagles, and great horned owls.’
    • ‘We can also make an evolutionary prediction: I expect that lions, leopards, and lynxes will also have the same 247 base pair deletion, and a similar array of stop codons.’
    • ‘They can be kittens one moment and pumas or lynxes the next.’
    • ‘Experts say there is ‘little doubt’ that big cats such as panthers, lynxes and pumas are indeed roaming the countryside, following a massive increase in sightings.’
    • ‘In the Adirondack mountains of New York, an attempt to reintroduce lynxes failed, with 18 of 37 mortalities attributed to road kills.’
    • ‘Hunting-tourism has become big business in Romania's Carpathian Mountains, the last place in Europe apart from Russia, where many large carnivores, bears, wolves and lynxes, can be found.’
    • ‘The British Big Cats Society says its 15-month survey indicates there is little doubt that big cats such as leopards, lynxes and pumas are roaming Britain.’
    • ‘There are elves and centaurs and unicorns and mermaids and flying lynxes and all shapes of mythical things.’
    • ‘Given the small size of the prey hunted by modern lynxes, it is not likely that this extinct species was a predator of large mammals.’
    • ‘This year leaflets about the habits of bears, wolves and lynxes were given to all the schools in mountain villages.’
    • ‘His action exemplifies what the late Stephen Jay Gould, on his essay on the lynxes, aptly called ‘the authoritarian form of the empiricist myth’.’
    • ‘The Canada lynx, the only lynx in North America, is a rare forest-dwelling cat of northern latitudes.’
    • ‘A millionaire businessman has bought a 23,000-acre estate in the Highlands in a bid to reintroduce the wolf, the brown bear and the lynx to the wild.’
    • ‘Most of the zoo's remaining animals, including their lynxes, reptiles and baboons, are being moved to specialist facilities elsewhere.’
    • ‘This year we have scheduled a tiger, three lynxes, a cheetah, two pumas, a hippopotamus, and 500 rabid rats.’
    • ‘There have been four recent reports of an animal - variously described as a lynx, puma or panther - in Dumfriesshire.’
    • ‘We're cautious but hopeful that if we can get all the lynxes we need, we'll be able to add to the population in the wild.’
    • ‘Other key threats to the lynx are changing habitat, unselective trapping methods (many lynxes are killed by snares), road accidents and hunting (including deliberate and accidental shooting).’
    • ‘Jewell and Alibhai have begun using WildTrack to census tapirs in Argentina, Bengal tigers in India and Bangladesh, and Iberian lynxes in Spain and Portugal.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The fur of the lynx.
      • ‘It was at one time the main commercial port for lynx and sable furs, beeswax, timber, grain, hunting falcons, and walrus ivory.’
      • ‘Fox, lynx, mink as well as shearing being dyed in strong colours dominate this season, whether it be trimmings on collar and cuffs or luxurious linings.’
      • ‘The clothes were made of rayon polyester and trimmed with lynx fur.’
    2. 1.2
      another term for caracal
      • ‘The coolest part of that experience was getting to hold a nine-week old Desert African Lynx named Kenya.’
      • ‘Six years ago they paid $1700 for a blind African lynx at an auction because another bidder was going to put the animal down and mount it.’
      • ‘Caracals, also commonly called African lynx though not actually a lynx, weigh at adulthood from 25 to 45 pounds and are native to the grasslands of Africa and parts of Asia.’

Origin

Middle English: via Latin from Greek lunx.

Pronunciation

lynx

/lɪŋks/

Main definitions of lynx in English

: lynx1Lynx2

Lynx2

proper noun

Astronomy
  • 1An inconspicuous northern constellation (the Lynx), between Ursa Major and Gemini.

    1. 1.1as genitive Lyncis /ˈlɪnsɪs/ Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the Lynx constellation.
      ‘the star Alpha Lyncis’

Origin

Via Latin from Greek lunx.

Pronunciation

Lynx

/lɪŋks/