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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Illustration of panda

A red panda, B panda 2

Examples of panda in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Through her years at the National Zoo, Brown has become an expert in determining the right time for a panda's insemination. Amy Eskind,, 12 Apr. 2022 On a nearby bed, a stuffed panda and a doll have been placed in a toy embrace. Cara Anna,, 24 Mar. 2022 Siblings Karl, Addy and Michael have a very special next-door neighbor: a wise panda named Stillwater. Rodney Ho, ajc, 13 Mar. 2022 Ling-Ling and Hsing-Hsing became the first panda residents of the National Zoo. Amy Eskind,, 12 Apr. 2022 Some posts are wholesome — such as Hatsuyume, the Japanese word for one’s first dream of the year — while others are not safe for work (say, panda pornography). New York Times, 31 Mar. 2022 Ming nervously asks when Mei first barricades herself inside the bathroom in her panda form). David Sims, The Atlantic, 9 Mar. 2022 When Mei lets them in on the panda problem, the film takes off. Michael Phillips,, 8 Mar. 2022 Small details gleam from the corners — the rippling beta-carotene richness of each furry panda filament; the excitable sidekick (Hyein Park) so tightly wound that even her affirmations come out like a WWE scream. Leah Greenblatt,, 7 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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22 May 2022

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“Panda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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