[os-uh-lot, oh-suh-]
a spotted leopardlike cat, Felis pardalis, ranging from Texas through South America: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in the U.S.

1765–75; < French, apparently arbitrary shortening of Nahuatl tlālōcēlōtl ocelot, equivalent to tlāl(li) earth, land + ōcēlōtl jaguar

oceloid, adjective
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ocelot (ˈɒsɪˌlɒt, ˈəʊ-)
a feline mammal, Felis pardalis, inhabiting the forests of Central and South America and having a dark-spotted buff-brown coat
[C18: via French from Nahuatl ocelotl jaguar]

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Word Origin & History

"large wildcat of Central and South America," 1775, from Fr. ocelot, formed in Fr. by naturalist de Buffon (1707-1788), from Nahuatl ocelotl "jaguar" (in full tlalocelotl, a compound formed with tlalli "field").
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Example sentences
The rain forest also house several kinds of large cats including jaguar, ocelot and pumas.
Unlike the jaguar and ocelot, the jaguarundi has a solid coat color ranging from dark brown to a reddish chestnut color.
Due to the small size of the refuge's ocelot population, inbreeding is a concern.
The endangered ocelot and jaguarundi are also present but rarely seen.
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