pan·​da | \ ˈpan-də \

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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Meanwhile, for the wool itself, the results were mixed: One sheep was white, two were mostly black, and the other three had spotted fleeces akin to a panda. Lucy Craymer, WSJ, "Big Tongues and Extra Vertebrae: The Unintended Consequences of Animal Gene Editing," 14 Dec. 2018 Using only a silver polymer a thousandth of a millimeter thick and the earth's magnetic fields, researchers were able to control a virtual panda on a screen in a demonstration. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Electronic Skin Can Give Humans Directional Superpowers," 16 Nov. 2018 The provocateur Rob Pruitt, known for startling juxtapositions, has placed Snoopy next to a panda bear, while the graffiti artist André Saraiva has Snoopy interacting with Mr. Saraiva’s signature stick-figure doodle. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "Good Grief, Charlie Brown! You’re Graffiti," 2 Apr. 2018 It is filled with photos and videos of young animals like puppies and kittens, and also pandas, monkeys, guinea pigs, etc. Kaitlin Menza, Marie Claire, "8 Totally Free Pick-Me-Ups Our Editors Swear By," 19 July 2017 Animals featured in the premiere include dogs, pandas, hogs, raccoons and, every so often, humans, who take a back seat to their pets, caught in the frame by mere circumstance, ogling in the background. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "What’s on TV Saturday: ‘Jurassic Park’ and ‘Animals Doing Things’," 16 June 2018 The team found that the Cizhutuo panda split from living giant pandas around 183,000 years ago. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "This Ancient Panda Skull Belongs to a Previously Unknown Lineage," 20 June 2018 Yuudai, a short distance away from Ami, tosses one of his panda bears in her face. Mariah Smith, The Cut, "Everyone’s Looking for Something in This Episode of Terrace House," 24 Apr. 2018 The cameras stream video of several of the pandas — Tian Tian, Bei Bei and Mei Xiang — in their enclosures 24 hours a day. Dana Hedgpeth, Washington Post, "Panda Cam on for now, but government shutdown could turn it off," 22 Jan. 2018

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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 \

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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