ocelot

noun
oce·​lot | \ ˈä-sə-ˌlät How to pronounce ocelot (audio) , ˈō- How to pronounce ocelot (audio) \

Definition of ocelot

: a medium-sized American wildcat (Felis pardalis) that ranges from Texas to northern Argentina and has a tawny-yellow or grayish coat dotted and striped with black

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Recent Examples on the Web AmaZOOnico, one of the biggest rescue centers in Ecuador, has several animals seeking adopters, including Polen, a young ocelot; Biala and Solana, a pair of scarlet macaws; and Poppy, a tapir. Washington Post, "Pining for wildlife? Build your own menagerie with a symbolic adoption.," 15 Jan. 2021 The ocelot proved unruly and was shipped out to the Portland Zoo. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How a 1960s publicity stunt landed a baby elephant named Annabelle in Alaska," 7 Dec. 2020 Among the other founding residents were other eclectic former pets, including an ocelot, Arctic fox, and a Sicilian donkey. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How a 1960s publicity stunt landed a baby elephant named Annabelle in Alaska," 7 Dec. 2020 Check out a cabaret show in Kenner, an art installation and a tiny ocelot at the Audubon Zoo. Annette Sisco, NOLA.com, "Things to do around New Orleans Sept.17-20: Live cabaret, new at the zoo, plus music online," 17 Sep. 2020 Visit the giraffes, elephants and flamingos, and maybe get a peek at a baby ocelot. Annette Sisco, NOLA.com, "Things to do around New Orleans Sept.17-20: Live cabaret, new at the zoo, plus music online," 17 Sep. 2020 Getting an ocelot or a cheetah can be as easy as sending a DM or text, agreeing on a price, and setting a pick-up date. Rachel Nuwer, Longreads, "The Strange and Dangerous World of America’s Big Cat People," 10 Mar. 2020 In the more than three months since the pandemic began, Araya recently told me, her project had logged only one slain ocelot. Ben Goldfarb, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic-Driven Rise in Animals Crossing," 6 July 2020 In addition to creating an 185-acre wildlife corridor on its nearly 800-acre property, the company has pledged to dedicate another 1,250 acres of land for ocelot and jaguarundi conservation. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Annova LNG pledges 1,400 acres of land for ocelot conservation," 23 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of ocelot

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ocelot

French, from Nahuatl ōcēlōtl jaguar

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21 Jan 2021

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“Ocelot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ocelot. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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ocelot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of ocelot

: a wildcat that lives mainly in Central and South America and that has light brown fur with black spots and stripes

ocelot

noun
oce·​lot | \ ˈä-sə-ˌlät How to pronounce ocelot (audio) , ˈō- \

Kids Definition of ocelot

: a medium-sized American wildcat that is yellowish brown or grayish and blotched with black

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