noun \ˈja-ˌgwär, -gyə-ˌwär, -gwər; dial -gwī(-ə)r, especially British ˈja-gyə-wər\

: a large, brown, wild cat with black spots that lives in Central and South America

plural jaguars also jaguar

Full Definition of JAGUAR

:  a large cat (Panthera onca) chiefly of Central and South America that is larger and stockier than the leopard and is brownish yellow or buff with black spots

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Origin of JAGUAR

Portuguese, from Tupi jawára large carnivore
First Known Use: 1604

Other Mammals Terms

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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Largest New World cat. Once found in wooded regions from the U.S.-Mexican border south to Patagonia, the jaguar (Panthera onca) survives, in reduced numbers, only in remote areas of Central and South America; the largest known population is in the Amazon rain forest. The male is 5.5–9 ft (1.7–2.7 m) long, including the 23–35-in. (60–90-cm) tail, and weighs 220–350 lbs (100–160 kg). The coat is typically orange-tan with black spots arranged in rosettes having a black spot in the centre. A solitary predator, the jaguar usually hunts rodents, deer, birds, and fish; it will also take cattle, horses, and dogs.


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