leop·​ard | \ ˈle-pərd How to pronounce leopard (audio) \

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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Your options were this kind of leopard-print bodystocking. Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "Universal Standard wants to end the plus size binary once and for all," 9 June 2019 If you aren't fatigued by the leopard-print-midi-skirt madness, below are 13 to buy right now. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "Yeah, You Really Do Need a Leopard-Print Midi Skirt," 30 May 2019 The software not only correctly identified the leopard, its other top guesses—jaguar, cheetah, snow leopard, and Egyptian cat—were all similar-looking cats. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018 Fischer compiled photos of the animals the pair had hunted, which included a leopard, giraffe, impala and waterbuck, and sent the images along with descriptions of each kill to more than 100 people, KBOI reported. Allyson Chiu, The Seattle Times, "‘I shot a whole family of baboons’: Idaho Fish and Game official faces fury after Africa trophy hunting boasts," 16 Oct. 2018 Twelve pits in the tomb also yielded bones from an exotic menagerie, including an Asiatic black bear, a leopard, a lynx, a crane—and an unusual-looking gibbon. National Geographic, "Ancient Royal Tomb Yields Strange New Ape Species," 21 June 2018 In 1993, Vilane was hired to work in Swaziland’s mountainous Malolotja Nature Reserve, a 44,500-acre wilderness area filled with leopard, zebra, and wildebeest. Jessica Flint, Outside Online, "Meet the First Black Man to Summit Everest," 7 May 2018 Animal Print Just say no to the leopard, zebra, and giraffe print. Samantha Lefave, Redbook, "11 Things You Should Never, Ever Wear to a Wedding," 17 May 2017 Today, camo is everywhere, functioning almost as a neutral, like leopard print or pinstripes. Claire Gibson, Marie Claire, "Why My Relationship With Camo Print Is Messy," 29 Apr. 2019

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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 How to pronounce leopard (audio) \

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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