Definition of leopard
1a : a large strong cat (Panthera pardus) of southern Asia and Africa that is adept at climbing and is usually tawny or buff with black spots arranged in rosettes —called also pantherb : the fur or pelt of a leopard
2 : a heraldic representation of a lion passant guardant
Recent Examples of leopard from the Web
And Graham flaunted her beach bod and leopard print bikini in an Instagram video.
Hog deer, Bengal slow loris, Asian elephants and clouded leopards also lurk in its jungles.
The application is a bit murky, but my understanding is that the intent is to have these lions, tigers and leopards perform at a circus in Germany.
The hall is large and chilly, the scene is otherworldly, a haphazard zoo suspended in time, bald eagles perched beside African lions reclining beside wild turkeys standing beside trunkfish swimming alongside cape buffalo and snow leopards.
The new exhibit is home to more than 40 species of mammals, reptiles and birds, including baboons, monkeys, lemurs, crocodiles, leopards, penguins and sharks.
Feld Entertainment has applied for a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service permit to export 15 big cats—eight tigers, six lions and one leopard—to Zircus Krone, a circus in Germany.
Lions and leopards learn tactics that work for them, and I was taught tactics to defend myself.
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Origin and Etymology of leopard
Middle English, from Anglo-French lepart, leupart, from Late Latin leopardus, from Greek leopardos, from leōn lion + pardos leopard
First Known Use: 13th century
LEOPARD Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of leopard for English Language Learners
: a large brownish-yellow cat with black spots that lives in Asia and Africa
LEOPARD Defined for Kids
Definition of leopard for Students
: a large animal of the cat family found in Asia and Africa that has a brownish buff coat with black spots and is an excellent climber
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