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jaguar

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

Simple Definition of jaguar

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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of jaguar

plural

jaguars

also

jaguar

  1. :  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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The jaguar is the largest New World cat. It was once found in wooded regions from the U.S.-Mexican border south to Patagonia, Currently, the jaguar 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 5.5-9.0 ft. (1.7-2.7 m) long, including the tail, which measures 23-35-in. (60-90-cm) long, and weighs 220-350 lbs. (100-160 kg). The coat is typically orange-tan with black spots arranged in rosettes with a black spot in the center. A solitary predator, the jaguar usually hunts rodents, deer, birds, and fish; it will also take cattle, horses, and dogs.

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Origin and Etymology of jaguar

Portuguese, from Tupi jawára large carnivore


First Known Use: 1604

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JAGUAR Defined for Kids

jaguar

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noun jag·uar \ˈjag-ˌwär\

Definition of jaguar for Students

  1. :  a large yellowish brown black-spotted animal of the cat family found chiefly from Mexico to Argentina




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