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

Definition of panda

1 : red 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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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 Who’ll turn up this time around as hellish, Vegas-adjacent versions of a flamingo, panda or a smiling egg to sing the hits? Chris Barton, Los Angeles Times, "The 20 TV shows we’re most excited about this fall," 9 Sep. 2019 The zoo's panda habitat is home to Bei Bei's parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. Brandi Kellam, CBS News, "Bei Bei the giant panda celebrates last birthday at National Zoo before China move," 22 Aug. 2019 Under her creative watch, a cake takes on the look of an adorable corgi or panda. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Stanford student Rachel Fong’s ‘Kawaii Sweet World’," 26 July 2019 Smithsonian’s National Zoo & Conservation Biology Institute shared some news about their panda Mei Xiang. Kelli Bender,, "National Zoo Panda's Recent 'Behavioral Changes' Could Mean She Is Pregnant," 7 Aug. 2019 The series will feature a number of animals, including pandas, giraffes, Galápagos tortoises, koalas, elephants, mountain lions, and two baby cheetahs. San Diego Union-Tribune, "In 2019, can the San Diego Zoo make new fans out of TV viewers?," 3 Aug. 2019 Visitors will get a free skewer of the spiced-to-order chicken, a free water or soft drink, a fortune cookie and a chance to pose with a panda cosplayer. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Comic-Con 2019: Top 10 cheap eats at Comic-Con this week," 17 July 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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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


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

Kids Definition of panda

1 : red 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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