Florida panther


Flor·​i·​da panther ˈflȯr-ə-də- How to pronounce Florida panther (audio)
: a highly endangered cougar (Felis concolor coryi) whose range is now limited to southern Florida

Examples of Florida panther in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Keep your eyes open for manatees, crocodiles, or even a Florida panther. Josh Laskin, Travel + Leisure, 1 Sep. 2023 Attention 50 years ago was riveted on iconic animals like the American alligator, Florida panther, and California condor. John Flesher, The Christian Science Monitor, 4 Aug. 2023 The area is filled with natural wonders of fauna—manatees, leatherback turtles, Florida panthers, alligators, and crocodiles are among the hundreds of animal species present in the park. Caroline Rogers, Southern Living, 18 July 2023 The Florida panther is making a modest comeback, but it’s constrained by human presence in the Everglades; last year, some twenty-five panthers were killed by cars. Dexter Filkins, The New Yorker, 17 July 2023 The only puma population east of the Mississippi River are Florida panthers, per the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Samantha Neely, USA TODAY, 7 June 2023 Keep an eye out for whooping cranes, endangered Florida panthers, black bears, bobcats, alligators, red wolves, and manatees, which can be seen here all year long. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, 4 June 2023 The park also recently added two young Florida panthers to its wild cat habitat. Dewayne Bevil, Orlando Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2023 As a result, the mountain lion dating pool has become perilously small—something like what happened with the Florida panther. Craig Pittman, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1948, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Florida panther was in 1948

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“Florida panther.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Florida%20panther. Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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