clouded leopard

noun
cloud·​ed leopard | \ ˈklau̇-dəd- How to pronounce clouded leopard (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Those species range from the clouded leopard (above left) to the giant panda (right) to the world’s last 30 Hainan black crested gibbons. Glenna Gordon, National Geographic, "How this technology is saving lions," 3 Sep. 2020 The statement also noted that other animals including snow leopards, cheetahs, the clouded leopard, Amur leopard, and puma are unaffected. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Two Pet Cats in New York Confirmed to Have Coronavirus," 23 Apr. 2020 Zoo Miami announced the birth of two adorable clouded leopard kittens Tuesday. Danielle Garrand, CBS News, "Miami zoo announces birth of clouded leopard kittens with adorable photos," 8 Apr. 2020 None of the zoo’s other big cats, including snow leopards, cheetahs, a clouded leopard, an Amur leopard, and a puma are showing symptoms. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Tiger tests positive for coronavirus at Bronx Zoo, first known case in the world," 5 Apr. 2020 Especially when considering the rare clouded leopard—the first at the Zoo—who made their debut there in September. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "The Smithsonian’s Ten Splashiest New Acquisitions of 2019," 18 July 2019 Suksn, a seven-year-old female clouded leopard, gave birth to two cubs, according to a Wednesday news release. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Zoo welcomes pair of baby clouded leopards," 13 Nov. 2019 They are listed as vulnerable in the wild by the International Union of Conservation of Nature, which estimated that there are about 10,000 clouded leopards in the wild. Roger Catlin, Smithsonian, "The Smithsonian’s Ten Splashiest New Acquisitions of 2019," 18 July 2019 Reportedly the smallest of the large cats, the clouded leopard can rotate its ankles. Marcy De Luna, Houston Chronicle, "Houston Zoo welcomes pair of baby clouded leopards," 13 Nov. 2019

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1903, in the meaning defined above

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“Clouded leopard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clouded%20leopard. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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