ocelot

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noun oce·lot \ˈä-sə-ˌlät, ˈō-\

Definition of ocelot

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of ocelot

French, from Nahuatl ōcēlōtl jaguar


OCELOT Defined for English Language Learners

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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


OCELOT Defined for Kids

ocelot

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noun oce·lot \ˈä-sə-ˌlät, ˈō-\

Definition of ocelot for Students

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



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