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ˈsɜr vəlser·val

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. serval, Felis servalnoun

    slender long-legged African wildcat having large untufted ears and tawny black-spotted coat


  1. servalnoun

    A medium-sized African wild cat. Scientific name: Leptailurus serval or Felis serval.

  2. Etymology: From serval, from cerval, from lupus cervarius (wolf that hunts the stag), cervus.


  1. Serval

    The serval (Leptailurus serval) is a wild cat native to Africa. It is widespread in sub-Saharan countries, except rainforest regions. Across its range, it occurs in protected areas, and hunting it is either prohibited or regulated in range countries. It is the sole member of the genus Leptailurus. Three subspecies are recognised. The serval is a slender, medium-sized cat that stands 54–62 cm (21–24 in) at the shoulder and weighs 9–18 kg (20–40 lb). It is characterised by a small head, large ears, a golden-yellow to buff coat spotted and striped with black, and a short, black-tipped tail. The serval has the longest legs of any cat relative to its body size. The serval is a solitary carnivore and active both by day and at night. It preys on rodents, particularly vlei rats, small birds, frogs, insects, and reptiles, using its sense of hearing to locate prey. It leaps over 2 m (6 ft 7 in) above the ground to land on the prey on its forefeet, and finally kills it with a bite on the neck or the head. Both sexes establish highly overlapping home ranges of 10 to 32 km2 (4 to 12 sq mi), and mark them with feces and saliva. Mating takes place at different times of the year in different parts of their range, but typically once or twice a year in an area. After a gestational period of two to three months, a litter of one to four is born. The kittens are weaned at the age of one month and begin hunting on their own at six months of age. They leave their mother at the age of around 12 months.


  1. serval

    A serval is a wild cat species native to Africa known for its strikingly tall, slender body, long legs, large ears, and patterned coat of black spots and stripes. It is renowned for its incredible leaping and hunting abilities, being able to catch birds in flight. It is a solitary and mostly nocturnal animal.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Servalnoun

    an African wild cat (Felis serval) of moderate size. It has rather long legs and a tail of moderate length. Its color is tawny, with black spots on the body and rings of black on the tail

  2. Etymology: [Cf. F. serval.]


  1. Serval

    The serval is a medium-sized African wild cat. DNA studies have shown that the serval is closely related to the African golden cat and the caracal.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Serval

    sėr′val, n. a South African animal of the cat tribe, yellowish with black spots, valued for its fur—the Bush-cat, Tiger-cat. [Ger.]

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  1. ravels

  2. salver

  3. slaver

  4. velars

  5. versal

  6. arvels

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of serval in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of serval in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    having a build with little fat or muscle but with long limbs
    A ectomorphic
    B occlusive
    C aculeate
    D elusive

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