caracal

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n caracal of deserts of northern Africa and southern Asia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Caracal kăr"ȧ*kăl (Zoöl) A lynx (Felis caracal syn. Lynx caracal). It is a native of Africa and Asia. Its ears are black externally, and tipped with long black hairs.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caracal A carnivorous digitigrade quadruped of the Felidæ, or cat family, and genus Lynx, L. caracal, inhabiting portions of northern Africa and southwestern Asia. It is about the size of a fox, is of a uniform deep-brown or wine-red color above, except a spot under each eye, and has tufts of long black hair which terminate the ears, whence its name. It possesses great strength and ferocity, and is sometimes used in the chase of the smaller quadrupeds and of the larger kinds of birds. It has been supposed to be the lynx of the ancients, and is sometimes called Persian lynx. Also called anak-el-ard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Caracal kar′a-kal the Persian lynx.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. caracal, fr. Turk qarahqootaq,; qarah, black + qootaq, ear
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr., prob. Turk. qara, qulaq, black ear.

Usage

In literature:

Carac'tacus testified no marks of base dejection.
"Pinnock's Improved Edition of Dr. Goldsmith's History of Rome" by Oliver Goldsmith
He had lost his way following the caracal, had wandered about he knew not where.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
Caracal has little trade, except in grain.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 3" by Various
Their chiefs wore karosses of the skin of the wild cat, leopard or caracal.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 15, Slice 6" by Various
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In news:

That was my first reaction when a long-time law enforcement colleague, Casey Flack, mentioned the " Caracal ," which is a new polymer-framed pistol.
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