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ocelot

[os-uh-lot, oh-suh-] /ˈɒs əˌlɒt, ˈoʊ sə-/
noun
1.
a spotted leopardlike cat, Felis pardalis, ranging from Texas through South America: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in the U.S.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < French, apparently arbitrary shortening of Nahuatl tlālōcēlōtl ocelot, equivalent to tlāl(li) earth, land + ōcēlōtl jaguar
Related forms
oceloid, adjective
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ocelot

/ˈɒsɪˌlɒt; ˈəʊ-/
noun
1.
a feline mammal, Felis pardalis, inhabiting the forests of Central and South America and having a dark-spotted buff-brown coat
Word Origin
C18: via French from Nahuatl ocelotl jaguar
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ocelot

n.

"large wildcat of Central and South America," 1775, from French ocelot, a word formed by French naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788), from Nahuatl ocelotl "jaguar" (in full tlalocelotl, a compound formed with tlalli "field").

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