snow leopard

noun

Definition of snow leopard

: a large cat (Panthera uncia synonym Uncia uncia) of upland central Asia with long heavy grayish-white fur irregularly marked with brownish-black spots, rosettes, and rings

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The software not only correctly identified the leopard, its other top guesses—jaguar, cheetah, snow leopard, and Egyptian cat—were all similar-looking cats. Timothy B. Lee, Ars Technica, "How computers got shockingly good at recognizing images," 18 Dec. 2018 For the next phase of the research, the team collected severed cat tongues from six different species: a domestic cat, a bobcat, a cougar, a snow leopard, a tiger, and a lion. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Science says your cat’s tongue is ideally suited for grooming fur," 28 Dec. 2018 In the image, the snow leopard is seen with two shots in its hind leg. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Snow leopard 'poses for selfies,' goes viral," 28 Sep. 2018 There are only between 4,000 and 6,500 snow leopards left in the world according to the World Wide Fund. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "Snow leopard 'poses for selfies,' goes viral," 28 Sep. 2018 Tomiris, a 17-year-old female snow leopard at the Milwaukee County Zoo, died April 10. Lainey Seyler, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Remembering snow leopard Tomiris from the Milwaukee County Zoo," 19 Apr. 2018 Chad was born at the Santa Barbara Zoo and joins 2-year-old female Amari in the zoo’s giraffe habitat, while Himal joins female snow leopard Kira. Laney Ruckstuhl, BostonGlobe.com, "New at the zoo: Foles the goat, named after quarterback that beat Patriots in Super Bowl," 10 May 2018 Yet some have found opportunity in living near snow leopards. Adam Popescu, Washington Post, "Tracking one of the world’s most elusive cats," 19 May 2018 Other definitions group big cats by size and add clouded leopards, cheetahs, snow leopards and cougars. Elisa Neckar, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Big Cats," 8 May 2018

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1866, in the meaning defined above

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