jaguar

[jag-wahr, -yoo-ahr; especially British jag-yoo-er]
noun
a large spotted feline, Panthera onca, of tropical America, having a tawny coat with black rosettes: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in some areas.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Portuguese < Tupi jaguara

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jaguar (ˈdʒæɡjʊə)
 
n
a large feline mammal, Panthera onca, of S North America, Central America, and N South America, similar to the leopard but with a shorter tail and larger spots on its coat
 
[C17: from Portuguese, from Tupi jaguara, Guarani yaguara]

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jaguar
big cat of the Americas (Felis onca), 1604, from Port. jaguar, from Tupi jaguara, said to be a name "denoting any larger beast of prey." Also a type of British-made car; in this sense the abbreviation Jag is attested from 1959.
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All of this increases the chances of succeeding in a fight or running away from, say, an aggressive jaguar.
The next day the rancher finds the remains and the telltale tracks of a jaguar.
The shaman and the jaguar a study of narcotic drugs among the indians of colombia.
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