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cheetah

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noun chee·tah \ˈchē-tə\

Simple Definition of cheetah

  • : a large wild cat that lives in Asia and Africa and that can run very fast

Full Definition of cheetah

plural cheetahs also cheetah

  1. :  a long-legged spotted swift-moving African and formerly Asian cat (Acinonyx jubatus) about the size of a small leopard that has blunt nonretractile claws

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Origin of cheetah

Hindi cītā & Urdu chītā leopard, from Sanskrit citraka, from citra bright, variegated; akin to Old High German heitar bright — more at -hood


First Known Use: 1610

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CHEETAH Defined for Kids

cheetah

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noun chee·tah \ˈchē-tə\

Definition of cheetah

  1. :  a long-legged spotted African and formerly Asian animal of the cat family that is the fastest animal on land




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