leopard cat

noun

Definition of 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 This little leopard cat had a low-key debut into zoo life. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "Leopard Cat Cub Makes Debut at Hungary Zoo Without Human Spectators Due to COVID-19 Closure," 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, "Courting controversy, scientists team with industry to tackle one of the world’s most destructive crops," 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, "Can People Really Mistake a Bear for a Dog, as This Family Claims?," 16 May 2018

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First Known Use of leopard cat

1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Leopard cat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/leopard%20cat. Accessed 28 Sep. 2020.

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