pan·​da | \ ˈpan-də How to pronounce panda (audio) \

Definition of panda

2 : a large black-and-white mammal (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) of chiefly central China that feeds primarily on bamboo shoots and is now usually classified with the bears (family Ursidae)

called also giant panda

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A red panda, B panda 2

Examples of panda in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And dozens of stuffed animals — teddy bears, polar bears, pandas — are scattered around the room. Washington Post, "One judge’s tough approach to foster care: It’s only for the really extreme cases," 25 Nov. 2019 Margaritaville is expected to open in 2021 beyond the centerfield fence of Toyota Field – the home of the Rocket City Trash pandas. Paul Gattis |, al, "Hotel groundbreaking ignites excitement at Town Madison," 14 Nov. 2019 How to send a panda to China Tuesday will be solely about Bei Bei, Smith says. Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY, "Peace out, panda! Why Bei Bei leaving the National Zoo hits so hard for so many," 19 Nov. 2019 The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics officially have a mascot: a cartoon panda accompanied by a glowing lantern with arms and legs. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Why are more women being killed?," 19 Sep. 2019 An extremely rare albino panda has been caught on camera in China. Fox News, "Rare spectacled bear being 'driven to extinction' by penis bone poachers brewing 'magical sex potion'," 5 June 2019 The Smithsonian National Zoo paid $10 million to have the pandas for 10 years, eventually extending their contracts to 2020. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Could the trade war with China cost the U.S. its pandas?," 29 Aug. 2019 The previous release on Meng Meng’s confirmed pregnancy posited the panda was only pregnant with one cub. Georgia Slater,, "Berlin Zoo Panda Expecting 1 Cub Delivers Twins, Marking First Zoo Panda Birth in Germany," 4 Sep. 2019 The pandas produced five cubs over 20 years, but none survived. Sophie Lewis, CBS News, "Could the trade war with China cost the U.S. its pandas?," 29 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of panda

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for panda

French, perhaps from a language of the southeast Himalayas

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8 Dec 2019

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“Panda.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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English Language Learners Definition of panda

: a large animal with black-and-white fur that looks like a bear, lives in China, and eats mostly bamboo shoots


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Kids Definition of panda

2 : a large black-and-white animal of central and western China that feeds mostly on the leaves and stems of the bamboo and is related to the bear

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