panther

noun
pan·​ther | \ ˈpan(t)-thər How to pronounce panther (audio) \
plural panthers also panther

Definition of panther

1 : leopard: such as
a : a leopard of a hypothetical exceptionally large fierce variety
b : a leopard of the black color phase
3 : jaguar

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Examples of panther in a Sentence

the panther is surprisingly difficult to spot

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In August Mac captured photos of a fig sphinx visiting the flower with ghost orchid pollinia on its head, complementing Ward’s pictures of the same in the panther refuge. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "Discovery reveals secrets about how ghost orchids reproduce," 11 July 2019 In their data visualizations, every species in a food web — from plankton to panthers — is reduced to a little ball, or node, and every feeding interaction becomes a line between them. Quanta Magazine, "She Finds Clues to Future Sustainability in Old Food Webs," 21 Mar. 2019 Fitness Mallory Pugh paws a soccer ball like a panther does its prey. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "U.S. Soccer's Mallory Pugh on Age, Confidence, and Staying in the Game," 15 Mar. 2019 Who doesn't swoon when a Cartier box arrives? Dying for the panther cards, always.... Sally Singer, Vogue, "10 Holiday Gifts That Dazzle, Then Largely Disappear," 29 Nov. 2018 EVERGLADES Gators and panthers and dolphins, oh my! Jennifer M. Wood, Condé Nast Traveler, "3 Best Day Trips from Miami," 4 Mar. 2018 Located outside the north gate of the stadium, the statue depicts Richardson holding out a football in his left hand while flanked by two panthers, one on either side of him. Khadrice Rollins, SI.com, "New Panthers Owner David Tepper 'Contractually Obligated' to Keep Jerry Richardson Statue," 10 July 2018 Other standouts include La Double J’s architectural and frond-laden teacups and saucers, and Gucci’s tasseled throw pillow embroidered with a panther’s piercing gaze. Lilah Ramzi, Vogue, "MatchesFashion.com Launches Homeware—Because Gucci Shouldn’t Be Limited to Your Closet," 2 July 2018 Combs is especially excited to showcase the panther habit in the context of the coming African American Film Festival. Ryan P. Smith, Smithsonian, "King T’Challa’s Black Panther Suit, a Bold Statement of Afrofuturist Pride, Comes to the Smithsonian," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of panther

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for panther

Middle English pantere, from Anglo-French panthere, from Latin panthera, from Greek panthēr

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panther

noun

English Language Learners Definition of panther

: a large, black wildcat

panther

noun
pan·​ther | \ ˈpan-thər How to pronounce panther (audio) \

Kids Definition of panther

1 : leopard
2 : cougar
3 : jaguar

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