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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Examples of ocelot in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Among them are the impacts on the seventy-plus animal and plant species that the new sections of wall now endanger, including the jaguar, the ocelot, the desert bighorn sheep, and the Mexican gray wolf. The New Yorker, 30 Apr. 2022 In the ocelot enclosure, a eucalyptus limb used as a walkway by the aging cat was wrapped in rope to provide a better grip. San Diego Union-Tribune, 10 Mar. 2022 Crew collected genetic material from a deceased Texas ocelot that will be used in an upcoming artificial insemination procedure. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 22 July 2021 Crew will use the deceased ocelot’s semen for an artificial insemination procedure at the ABQ BioPark in Albuquerque on July 28. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 22 July 2021 Swarts was notified of the ocelot's death and after finding it, transported it on ice to Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Sarah Brookbank, The Enquirer, 22 July 2021 Walls are papered in graphic Gucci tiger faces and flocked ocelot print (for when leopard just won't do), ceilings have been given psychedelic paint jobs, and rooms are illuminated with neon signs and vintage Italian fixtures. CNN, 29 Apr. 2021 In January, an ocelot was photographed in these mountains. azcentral, 15 Apr. 2021 In the original film, James Earl Jones wears a lion's head draped over his shoulder, and Eddie Murphy wears an ocelot. Leah Faye Cooper, Harper's BAZAAR, 17 Mar. 2021 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Ocelot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ocelot. Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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More Definitions for ocelot


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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