leopard

noun
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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Cheetah move in and out of the crater, while leopard are most often encountered in the spectacular Lerai Forest. Town & Country, "These Are the 83 Top Hotels Around the World," 6 Oct. 2016 Originally found in 2004, the tomb’s dozen pits hold the bones of cranes, a lynx, a leopard, and an Asiatic black bear, among other animals. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Extinct Gibbon Species Discovered in 2,000-Year-Old Chinese Tomb," 23 June 2018 When her tomb near Xi’an was excavated in 2004, archaeologists found in it the remains of a leopard, a lynx, a crane and a gibbon—a type of small ape. The Economist, "A new species of gibbon is found in a 2,200-year-old tomb," 23 June 2018 Giant forest hogs are important [parts] of the food chain as prey for leopards and lions. National Geographic, "World’s Biggest Pig Captured in Rare Video," 22 June 2018 His flashy guitar style also got him work with a white rockabilly singer, Eddy Bell, who outfitted Mr. Clearwater with a leopard print for his guitar to match his tiger print jacket. Terence Mcardle, Washington Post, "Eddy Clearwater, boisterous bluesman, dies at 83," 5 June 2018 Available in both bikini and one-piece varieties, the suits come in cute eclectic prints, including stand-out leopard and tutti frutti appliqués, plus timeless solid options of fire engine red and blush pink. Megan Decker, Harper's BAZAAR, "Charlotte Olympia and Adriana Degreas Team Up For The Cutest Swimwear Collaboration," 4 June 2018 Poaching continues to be a big problem — rhinos and elephants are killed for their horns, and the different body parts of lions and leopards are highly prized. New York Times, "Safari Camps Where Conservation Is More Than a," 30 May 2018 Animals Animals that have presence or represent admirable traits, like lions, eagles, bears, or leopards. Adam Hurly, GQ, "The Best Tattoo Ideas for Men, According to a Celebrity Tattoo Artist," 12 May 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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a leopard can't change its spots

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leopard

noun

English Language Learners Definition of leopard

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

leopard

noun
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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