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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
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Portuguese < Tupi jaguara
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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.
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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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