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serval, medium-sized African cat, Leptailurus serval, found S of the Sahara in scrub country close to water. The serval is lightly built with very long legs; it has a small head with large eyes and ears, set on a long neck. Its coat is yellow-orange with black spots. The head and body are about 3 ft (91 cm) long and the ringed tail about 12 in. (30 cm) long. The serval is among the swiftest and most agile of cats and catches birds flying as much as 6 ft (1.8 m) from the ground. It also hunts insects, lizards, rodents, hares, and small antelopes. It is classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Carnivora, family Felidae.

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serval (bush cat) Orange and black spotted, dog-like cat found in grassy areas of sub-Saharan Africa. It has a narrow head and long legs, neck and ears. Length: body 70–100cm (30–40in); tail 35–40cm (14–16in); weight: 6.8–11.3kg (15–25lb). Family Felidae; species Felis serval.

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serval †lynx; bush cat. XVIII. — modL., F. serval — Pg. (lobo) cerval ‘deer-like (wolf)’, f. cervo :- L. cervus deer; see -AL1.

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