Bengal tiger


: a tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) occurring especially in India

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Examples of Bengal tiger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After a shipwreck in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, a 16-year-old boy survives on a lifeboat with four companions — a hyena, a zebra, an orangutan and a Royal Bengal tiger. The Arizona Republic, 4 Mar. 2024 With round-the-clock musicians, magicians, comedians, blue men and white Bengal tigers, the Strip became the premier global destination not just for indecorous gambling, but also for family-friendly entertainment. Chris Carra, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 Feb. 2024 Nearly 120 animals were seized, including dozens that were dead and a white Bengal tiger that a veterinarian determined had to be euthanized, from a roadside zoo in Virginia as part of an animal cruelty investigation, according to search warrants, court documents and interviews. Justin Jouvenal, Washington Post, 11 Dec. 2023 Moll, 31, played for the University of Memphis, which coincidentally has a Bengal tiger mascot called TOM (Tigers of Memphis). Melanie Laughman, The Enquirer, 1 Aug. 2023 The story follows a 16-year-old Indian boy, Pi Patel, who survives more than 200 days stranded on a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean with a Bengal tiger, a hyena, a zebra and an orangutan after a cargo ship wrecks and sinks in the Pacific Ocean. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 June 2023 The Bengal tiger is considered endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species, according to the zoo. Howard Koplowitz |, al, 15 May 2023 Sheba, an 8-year old female Bengal tiger, slipped out of an enclosure at a private farm just south of Johannesburg over the weekend and attacked a 39-year old man, who was taken to the hospital and treated for injuries, according to reports. Julia Moore, Peoplemag, 17 Jan. 2023 The Houston Downtown Aquarium's controversial exhibit of white Bengal tigers continues to baffle some visitors. Ariana Garcia, Chron, 11 May 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1765, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Bengal tiger was in 1765

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“Bengal tiger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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