cheetah

[chee-tuh]
noun
a cat, Acinonyx jubatus, of southwestern Asia and Africa, resembling a leopard but having certain doglike characteristics, often trained for hunting deer, antelope, etc.: an endangered species.

Origin:
1695–1705; < Hindi cītā < Sanskrit citraka leopard; compare Pali cittaka, Prakrit cittaya

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cheetah or chetah (ˈtʃiːtə)
 
n
a large feline mammal, Acinonyx jubatus, of Africa and SW Asia: the swiftest mammal, having very long legs, nonretractile claws, and a black-spotted light-brown coat
 
[C18: from Hindi cītā, from Sanskrit citrakāya tiger, from citra bright, speckled + kāya body]
 
chetah or chetah
 
n
 
[C18: from Hindi cītā, from Sanskrit citrakāya tiger, from citra bright, speckled + kāya body]

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cheetah
1704, from Hindi chita "leopard," from Skt. chitraka "leopard," lit. "speckled," from citra-s "distinctively marked, bright, clear."
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Whether your a monkey in a tree or a cheetah using his tail to turn on a dime,
  a tale is great for balance.
The only thing missing were the cheetah print seat covers.
When the moment is right a cheetah will sprint after its quarry and attempt to
  knock it down.
Sharp eyesight and raw speed make the cheetah a formidable hunter.
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