big cat


: a large wild animal of the cat family
lions, tigers, leopards, and other big cats

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The organization's medical team looked over the big cat, who'd suffered a broken leg during the retrieval, Anderson said. Aliza Chasan, CBS News, 10 Mar. 2023 The San Diego Zoo on Tuesday announced the birth of twin Amur leopard cubs, the world's most endangered species of big cat. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 29 Mar. 2023 Officers immediately began searching for the big cat, according to the release. Zoe Sottile, CNN, 27 Mar. 2023 The big cat's name is Amiry. Camille C. Knox, CBS News, 11 Mar. 2023 The city's cherished big cat was euthanized five days later. Stefanie Dazio, ajc, 7 Mar. 2023 Why can’t domestic cats go without food for long, like their big cat cousins can? Kate Wong, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2018 The zoo’s owner, Mickey Ollson, died in January 2022 but not before promising Zeigler a big cat, with one stipulation. Andrew J. Campa, Los Angeles Times, 10 Mar. 2023 See More

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“Big cat.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2023.

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big cat

: a large wild cat (as a leopard or tiger)
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