noun chee·tah \ˈchē-tə\

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

plural cheetahs also cheetah

Full Definition of CHEETAH

:  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

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole

Rhymes with CHEETAH

CHEETAHS Defined for Kids


noun chee·tah \ˈchē-tə\

Definition of CHEETAH for Kids

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


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