clouded leopard

noun
cloud·ed leopard | \ˈklau̇-dəd- \

Definition of clouded leopard 

: either of two medium-sized, often arboreal cats (Neofelis nebulosa of mainland southeast Asia and N. diardi of Borneo and Sumatra) that are grayish to yellowish with darker irregular rings, ovals, and rosettes … new analysis shows the clouded leopards of Borneo (and also Sumatra) are a bit darker than their mainland cousins, with smaller cloud-shaped markings.— Helen Fields

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Other definitions group big cats by size and add clouded leopards, cheetahs, snow leopards and cougars. Elisa Neckar, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Big Cats," 8 May 2018 Some point to the clouded leopard of Asia has sometimes as having the potential to become the next sabertooth. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "How Did Sabercats Use Those Outlandish Fangs?," 21 Mar. 2017 The cat’s canines are long for its size; perhaps, over time and with the right evolutionary nudging, the clouded leopard or another cat could take Smilodon's place. Brian Switek, Smithsonian, "How Did Sabercats Use Those Outlandish Fangs?," 21 Mar. 2017

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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