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 In January, an ocelot was photographed in these mountains. azcentral, "Trump's border wall scarred sacred lands, displaced wildlife and drained water. Can it be taken down?," 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, "Ruth E. Carter Dressed the Coming 2 America Cast in “the Majesty of Contemporary Africa”," 17 Mar. 2021 To check that theory, the group filmed a lion, a tiger, a jaguar and an ocelot at the Stone Zoo in Stoneham, Mass., and the Franklin Park Zoo in Boston. John Matson, Scientific American, "Cat Lap: Engineers Unravel the Mystery of How Felines Drink," 11 Nov. 2010 AmaZOOnico, one of the biggest rescue centers in Ecuador, has several animals seeking adopters, including Polen, a young ocelot; Biala and Solana, a pair of scarlet macaws; and Poppy, a tapir. Washington Post, "Pining for wildlife? Build your own menagerie with a symbolic adoption.," 15 Jan. 2021 The ocelot proved unruly and was shipped out to the Portland Zoo. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How a 1960s publicity stunt landed a baby elephant named Annabelle in Alaska," 7 Dec. 2020 Among the other founding residents were other eclectic former pets, including an ocelot, Arctic fox, and a Sicilian donkey. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How a 1960s publicity stunt landed a baby elephant named Annabelle in Alaska," 7 Dec. 2020 Check out a cabaret show in Kenner, an art installation and a tiny ocelot at the Audubon Zoo. Annette Sisco, NOLA.com, "Things to do around New Orleans Sept.17-20: Live cabaret, new at the zoo, plus music online," 17 Sep. 2020 Visit the giraffes, elephants and flamingos, and maybe get a peek at a baby ocelot. Annette Sisco, NOLA.com, "Things to do around New Orleans Sept.17-20: Live cabaret, new at the zoo, plus music online," 17 Sep. 2020

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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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27 Apr 2021

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“Ocelot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ocelot. Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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ocelot

noun

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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