noun leop·ard \ˈle-pərd\

: a large brownish-yellow cat with black spots that lives in Asia and Africa

Full Definition of LEOPARD

:  a large strong cat (Panthera pardus) of southern Asia and Africa that is adept at climbing and is usually tawny or buff with black spots arranged in rosettes —called also panther
:  a heraldic representation of a lion passant guardant
leop·ard·ess \-pər-dəs\ noun

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Origin of LEOPARD

Middle English, from Anglo-French lepart, leupart, from Late Latin leopardus, from Greek leopardos, from leōn lion + pardos leopard
First Known Use: 13th century

Other Mammals Terms

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

Rhymes with LEOPARD

LEOPARDESS Defined for Kids


noun leop·ard \ˈle-pərd\

Definition of LEOPARD for Kids

:  a large animal of the cat family found in Asia and Africa that has a brownish buff coat with black spots and is an excellent climber


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