oce·lot | \ˈä-sə-ˌlät, ˈō- \

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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In reality, however, the ocelot’s fight for survival is far more complicated. Jeremy Schwartz, ajc, "Trump's border wall threatens endangered Texas ocelot," 31 Mar. 2018 Development has also wiped out natural habitat there, and years of cartel violence have hobbled research into Mexican ocelot populations just south of the Rio Grande. Jeremy Schwartz, ajc, "Trump's border wall threatens endangered Texas ocelot," 31 Mar. 2018 But the refuge is 2,000 acres of protected federal land home to nearly 200 species, including some that are endangered, like the ocelot. Vanessa Yurkevich And Tal Kopan, CNN, "Congress moves to block border wall in key wildlife refuge," 22 Mar. 2018 Smaller wildcats in captivity, such as servals or ocelots, are often fed a domestic cat-like diet, while big cats such as jaguars and leopards get meat and animal carcasses. National Geographic, "Do Big Cats Get Hairballs?," 17 Mar. 2018 Some of the wetland wildlife includes waterfowl, river otters, gators, turtles, snakes, ocelots, foxes, frogs and many other things. Daniela Sternitzky-di Napoli, Houston Chronicle, "The Houston Zoo is under construction for new exhibit," 26 Jan. 2018 Long, squat, flat-faced jaguarundis have a uniform coat, while small, agile ocelots sport striking coat patterns. National Geographic, "Striking Pictures of Mexico's Wildlife for Cinco de Mayo," 6 May 2017 And at the Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge south of the easement, camera traps revealed three more mother ocelots with healthy kittens. National Geographic, "Rare Ocelot Kittens Caught on Camera," 28 Dec. 2016 Forty-seven-year India Jackson can’t help but marvel at the silky pillowcases, the $1,000 mattresses, and the atrium with its live ocelot and colorful parrots. Juliet Linderman, The Seattle Times, "In Harvey’s wake, shelters spring up in unlikely places," 1 Sep. 2017

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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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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


oce·lot | \ˈä-sə-ˌlät, ˈō-\

Kids Definition of ocelot

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

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