red panda

noun
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of red panda

:a small, largely arboreal mammal (Ailurus fulgens of the family Ailuridae) that resembles the American raccoon, that is found from the Himalayas to China, and that has long rusty or chestnut fur with dark underparts, a long bushy tail with rings, and a white face and inner ears with a dark stripe from the corners of the eyes to the lower jaw called also lesser panda
Note: The red panda feeds mostly on bamboo, roots, grass, leaves, fruit, acorns, eggs, insects, and small animals (such as birds). It was formerly considered a relative of the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) but is now considered more closely related to the raccoons, skunks, and weasels.

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First Known Use of red panda

1955


RED PANDA Defined for English Language Learners

red panda

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Definition of red panda for English Language Learners

  • : a small Asian animal that has reddish-brown fur and a long tail


RED PANDA Defined for Kids

red panda

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Definition of red panda for Students

:a long-tailed animal that is related to and resembles the raccoon, has long reddish brown fur, and is found from the Himalayas to southern China

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