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
Recent Examples of ocelot from the Web
On her computer, Zingheim found stunning photographs of birds, bears, ocelots and bobcats.
Members of the military travelling with ocelots may board with Group 1.
An entire row of shelves 50 feet long and 10 feet high is dedicated to the hides and mounted heads of big cats—cheetahs, tigers, jaguars, margays, ocelots, leopards.
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
OCELOT Defined for Kids
Definition of ocelot for Students
: a medium-sized American wildcat that is yellowish brown or grayish and blotched with black
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