n. pl. lynx or lynx·es
1. Any of several wildcats of the genus Lynx, especially L. canadensis of northern North America or L. lynx of Eurasia, having soft thick fur, a black-tipped short tail, and tufted ears.
2. Lynx A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere, near Auriga and Gemini.
[Middle English, from Latin, from Greek lunx; see leuk- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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