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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While the United States had the largest number (1,034) of live animal advertisements, Russia had the most varied list of species including two types of tigers, a crocodile, an ocelot and a bonobo.
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Origin and Etymology of ocelot
French, from Nahuatl ōcēlōtl jaguar
First Known Use: 1774See Words from the same year
OCELOT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ocelot for English Language Learners
: a wildcat that lives mainly in Central and South America and that has light brown fur with black spots and stripes
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Definition of ocelot for Students
: a medium-sized American wildcat that is yellowish brown or grayish and blotched with black
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