Definition of serval in English:


Line breaks: ser¦val
Pronunciation: /ˈsəːv(ə)l


  • A slender African wild cat with long legs, large ears, and a black-spotted orange-brown coat.
    • Felis serval, family Felidae
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    • Over the years, we had filmed cheetahs, lions, leopards, African wildcats and servals (for the first ever film of them) but never caracals.
    • They were quickly followed by three Asian species (bay cat, marbled cat, and Asian golden cat) and three African species (caracal, serval, and African golden cat).
    • On a night drive near Mwambashi Camp, in the Lower Zambesi National Park, on our final evening we also spotlight a leopard, several smaller cats (servals and civets), zebra and a white-tailed mongoose.


late 18th century: from French, from Portuguese cerval 'deer-like', from cervo 'deer', from Latin cervus.

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