leopard

[lep-erd]
noun
1.
a large, spotted Asian or African carnivore, Panthera pardus, of the cat family, usually tawny with black markings; the Old World panther: all leopard populations are threatened or endangered.
2.
the fur or pelt of this animal.
3.
any of various related cats resembling this animal.
4.
Heraldry. a lion represented from the side as walking, usually with one forepaw raised, and looking toward the spectator.
5.
Numismatics.
a.
an Anglo-Gallic gold coin issued by Edward III, equal to half a florin, bearing the figure of a leopard.
b.
a silver Anglo-Gallic coin issued by Henry V.
6.
(initial capital letter) Military. a 42-ton (38-metric ton) West German tank with a 105mm gun.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Late Latin leōpardus < Greek leópardos, syncopated variant of leontópardos, equivalent to leonto- (stem of léōn) lion + párdos pard1

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hunting cat or leopard
 
n
another name for cheetah
 
leopard or leopard
 
n

leopard (ˈlɛpəd)
 
n
1.  Also called: panther a large feline mammal, Panthera pardus, of forests of Africa and Asia, usually having a tawny yellow coat with black rosette-like spots
2.  any of several similar felines, such as the snow leopard and cheetah
3.  clouded leopard a feline, Neofelis nebulosa, of SE Asia and Indonesia with a yellowish-brown coat marked with darker spots and blotches
4.  heraldry a stylized leopard, painted as a lion with the face turned towards the front
5.  the pelt of a leopard
 
[C13: from Old French lepart, from Late Latin leōpardus, from Late Greek leópardos, from leōn lion + pardospard² (the leopard was thought at one time to be the result of cross-breeding)]
 
'leopardess
 
fem n

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leopard
late 13c., from O.Fr. lebard, leupart, from L.L. leopardus, lit. "lion-pard," from Gk. leopardos, from leon "lion" + pardos "male panther," which generally is said to be connected to Skt. prdakuh "panther, tiger." The animal was thought in ancient times to be a hybrid of these two species.
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Leopard definition


(Heb. namer, so called because spotted, Cant. 4:8), was that great spotted feline which anciently infested the mountains of Syria, more appropriately called a panther (Felis pardus). Its fierceness (Isa. 11:6), its watching for its prey (Jer. 5:6), its swiftness (Hab. 1:8), and the spots of its skin (Jer. 13:23), are noticed. This word is used symbolically (Dan. 7:6; Rev. 13:2).

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Example sentences
And you are issued a faux leopard pelt to keep warm.
To arrive at the findings, four leopard geckos first were anesthetized so four
  small electrodes could be inserted in their tails.
And there is the startled jolt of adrenaline in response to the roar of a
  leopard--or the wail of an alarm.
Six of the animals, including the leopard, survived.
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