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 Board a boat at Atalaya and cruise even deeper into the rainforest, on the lookout for monkeys, giant anteaters, tapirs, ocelots, armadillos, peccaries, caimans, and the numerous bird species that inhabit Manú National Park. National Geographic, "Peru and the Amazon Expedition: Inca Wonders and Jungle Wildlife," 10 Sep. 2019 Board a boat at Atalaya and cruise even deeper into the rainforest, on the lookout for monkeys, giant anteaters, tapirs, ocelots, armadillos, peccaries, caimans, and the numerous bird species that inhabit Manú National Park. National Geographic, "Peru and the Amazon Expedition: Inca Wonders and Jungle Wildlife," 10 Sep. 2019 At least one ocelot has also been photographed traipsing through the area multiple times. Ian James, azcentral, "Giant Arizona copper mine on hold after judge blocks construction," 28 Apr. 2019 Blakely the Australian shepherd has cared for cheetahs, tigers, ocelots and more! Kelli Bender, PEOPLE.com, "Cincinnati Zoo's Nanny Dog Comes Out of Retirement to Care for Cheetah Cub," 8 Aug. 2019 Examples include wolverines, alligators and ocelots. Gary Singer, sun-sentinel.com, "Ask a real estate pro: Can my neighbor keep a pet chimpanzee at home?," 25 July 2019 In the gulch just to my southwest, a jaguar roamed during his three-year stay in the range, and an ocelot was recently spotted bounding through this spot. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "In a land of wild cats and scarce water, a battle over mining heats up," 25 Apr. 2019 Board a boat at Atalaya and cruise even deeper into the rainforest, on the lookout for monkeys, giant anteaters, tapirs, ocelots, armadillos, peccaries, caimans, and the numerous bird species that inhabit Manú National Park. National Geographic, "Peru & the Amazon High School Expedition," 12 June 2019 Mashpi Lodge, Ecuador Immerse yourself in Ecuador’s cloud forest—home to endemic amphibians, ocelots, and more than 500 species of birds—at this high-design, three-story, glass-and-steel lodge. Paul Rubio, Condé Nast Traveler, "The 8 Best Experiential Eco-Lodges in South America," 19 Jan. 2018

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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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The first known use of ocelot was in 1774

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“Ocelot.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ocelot. Accessed 29 January 2020.

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ocelot

noun
How to pronounce ocelot (audio) How to pronounce ocelot (audio)

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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