Acinonyx

noun
Acin·​o·​nyx | \ə-ˈsi-nə-ˌniks\

Definition of Acinonyx 

: the genus of cats comprising the cheetahs which are distinguished by the absence of cutaneous sheaths for guarding the claws

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First Known Use of Acinonyx

1914, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Acinonyx

New Latin, from Greek akinētos motionless + New Latin -onyx

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