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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That meant bringing the park’s panthers, bobcats, a serval cat, a bunch of birds and more into protective housing, all while the park’s signature alligators watched. Marco Santana,, "Flamingo parade leads Gatorland’s animals back into the park after Hurricane Dorian," 4 Sep. 2019 Another panther photographed in Charlotte County could also be affected. Meilan Solly, Smithsonian, "Florida Authorities Investigate a Disorder Affecting Panthers’ Ability to Walk," 24 Aug. 2019 Another panther photographed in neighboring Charlotte County could also be suffering from the condition, according to the FWC. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, "Florida panthers and bobcats are walking weird. Wildlife officials can't figure out why.," 21 Aug. 2019 The organization said that video files could be uploaded to their panther sighting webpage, or emailed to Panther. Helen Murphy,, "'Neurological Damage' Is Affecting Florida Panthers, Makes It Difficult for Them to Walk," 21 Aug. 2019 At that time, there were an estimated 20 to 30 panthers in the state, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says. Fox News, "Florida panthers suffering from mysterious disorder affecting their ability to walk, officials say," 21 Aug. 2019 The panther imitated famous movie stars, rode in a massive pink stretch limo, and attended the premiere of the very film being introduced in an ornate movie theater. Emily Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The artistry of the late Richard Williams, from Roger Rabbit to the Pink Panther," 20 Aug. 2019 Other balloons sighted at the festival include a bear, a koala bear and a panther. Georgia Slater,, "Darth Vader Hot Air Balloon Floats Over British City — and Mark Hamill Loves It," 9 Aug. 2019 Scientists say the giant constrictor snakes, which can grow over 20 feet (6 meters) long, have eliminated 99% of the native mammals in the Everglades, decimating food sources for native predators such as panthers and alligators. Washington Post, "Florida doubles efforts to hunt invasive pythons," 7 Aug. 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of panther

: a large, black wildcat


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

Kids Definition of panther

1 : leopard
2 : cougar
3 : jaguar

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