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jaguar

[jag-wahr, -yoo-ahr; especially British jag-yoo-er] /ˈdʒæg wɑr, -yuˌɑr; especially British ˈdʒæg yu ər/
noun
1.
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 of jaguar
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Portuguese < Tupi jaguara
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  • The puma ranges throughout the country, as he does much further south; while the jaguar also appears amid the forests and plains.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Once when a Mexican tigre, a jaguar, charged me I—But that is not this story.

    Tales of Fishes Zane Grey
  • "A moment," he said; then, slipping forward, he laid his hand on the jaguar's shoulder.

    The Border Rifles Gustave Aimard
  • And the hunting-leopard grew to a jaguar, all covered with spots like eyes.

  • It means the jaguar, whose skin is beautifully spotted, and not striped like that of the tiger in the East.

    Wanderings in South America Charles Waterton
British Dictionary definitions for jaguar

jaguar

/ˈdʒæɡjʊə/
noun
1.
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
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese, from Tupi jaguara, Guarani yaguara
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Word Origin and History for jaguar
n.

big cat of the Americas (Felis onca), c.1600, from Portuguese jaguar, from Tupi jaguara, said to be a name "denoting any larger beast of prey" [Klein]. Also a type of British-made car; in this sense the abbreviation Jag is attested from 1959.

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