leop·​ard | \ˈle-pərd \

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 panther

b : the fur or pelt of a leopard

2 : a heraldic representation of a lion passant guardant

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The rest of the collection comes in two signature prints, leopard and dark gray camo. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Veronica Beard Hits the Gym in a New Collaboration With Bandier," 1 Nov. 2018 To channel the leader of the Pussycats, find an anchor item with an all-over leopard pattern (like a bodysuit) to build your outfit around. Ana Colón, Glamour, "7 Easy Halloween Costumes That Are Very 2018," 4 Oct. 2018 Through unique, creative, and definitively minimalist designs that only hint at their Halloween costume counterparts, like subtle leopard outlines for Josie and the Pussycats, or graphic stars and lines for Wonder Woman. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Best Halloween Nail Art That's Anything But Tacky," 30 July 2018 Amur leopards inhabit the Primorye region of Russia, near the Pacific Coast city of Vladivostock. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "For the Fourth, bring out the (San Diego Zoo) babies!," 3 July 2018 New York is expected to reach nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit today, so that leopard slip looks especially tempting. Emily Farra, Vogue, "On What Would Have Been Her 57th Birthday, Revisit Princess Diana’s Best Summer Looks," 1 July 2018 For example, leopards in the Central African nation of Gabon are 46 percent nocturnal in areas without bushmeat hunting, but 93 percent nocturnal where the practice is common. Annie Sneed, Scientific American, "Humans Are Driving Other Mammals to Become More Nocturnal," 14 June 2018 For the signature collection, photography duo Inez & Vinoodh shot Binx Walton lounging in a rose-print dress and leopard boots on a private jet, Champagne and matching luggage in tow. Sarah Nechamkin, The Cut, "A Very Uptown Michael Kors Campaign," 3 July 2018 And the koala is not alone: Sequencing technology is fundamentally changing how conservationists fight to preserve at-risk species, from mountain lions to blunt-nosed leopard lizards. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Can the Koala Genome Save the Species From Deforestation and Chlamydia?," 2 July 2018

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First Known Use of leopard

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for leopard

Middle English, from Anglo-French lepart, leupart, from Late Latin leopardus, from Greek leopardos, from leōn lion + pardos leopard

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English Language Learners Definition of leopard

: a large brownish-yellow cat with black spots that lives in Asia and Africa


leop·​ard | \ˈle-pərd \

Kids Definition of leopard

: 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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