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noun oce·lot \ˈä-sə-ˌlät, ˈō-\

: a wildcat that lives mainly in Central and South America and that has light brown fur with black spots and stripes

Full Definition of OCELOT

:  a medium-sized American wildcat (Felis pardalis) that ranges from Texas to northern Argentina and has a tawny-yellow or grayish coat dotted and striped with black

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Origin of OCELOT

French, from Nahuatl ōcēlōtl jaguar
First Known Use: 1774
OCELOT Defined for Kids


noun oce·lot \ˈä-sə-ˌlät, ˈō-\

Definition of OCELOT for Kids

:  a medium-sized American wildcat that is yellowish brown or grayish and blotched with black


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