leopard cat


: a small spotted wildcat (Prionailurus bengalensis synonym Felis bengalensis) chiefly of southeastern Asia

Examples of leopard cat in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For example, Bengals, which are a cross between domestic cats and the Asian leopard cat, tend to be extremely adventurous and sleep for only about half the time that a typical domestic cat does. Kate Wong, Scientific American, 1 Oct. 2018 The Bengal and the Caracat, for example, resulted from crossing the house cat with the Asian leopard cat and the caracal, respectively. Andrew C. Kitchener, Scientific American, 1 Sep. 2015 In the photo, a leopard cat strolls casually into the frame of the camera, walking on snow, against a backdrop of white ski runs on Xiao Haituo mountain. David Culver and Cnn Staff, CNN, 28 Jan. 2022 This little leopard cat had a low-key debut into zoo life. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 20 Apr. 2020 Allowing a luxuriant understory to grow in plantations can protect insects and some small mammals, such as the leopard cat—and ultimately benefit the oil palm trees as well. Dyna Rochmyaningsih, Science | AAAS, 11 July 2019 In April, National Geographic reported on a man who had taken a leopard cat from the wild after apparently mistaking it for a domestic kitten. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, 16 May 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of leopard cat was in 1866

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“Leopard cat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leopard%20cat. Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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