snow leopard


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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Recent Examples on the Web For the first time since 2014, a new snow leopard cub was born at the Milwaukee County Zoo, officials announced on Friday. Genevieve Redsten, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee County Zoo announces the birth of a female snow leopard cub," 11 July 2020 Editor at large Peter Gwin—host of our Overheard at National Geographic podcast—examines conflicts between locals and snow leopards in Kibber, a village in Himachal Pradesh and a center of snow leopard tourism. Renan Ozturk, National Geographic, "Seeing Everest a new way," 16 June 2020 There are only around 150 snow leopards left in Kazakhstan, out of a global population of less than 10,000 across Central and South Asia. NBC News, "DOJ warns Nevada's church restrictions could violate Constitution," 27 May 2020 In high school, Burgener participated in a World Wildlife Foundation fundraiser for snow leopards. Matt Wake |, al, "‘Tiger King’: Alabama ties to bonkers Netflix hit," 17 Apr. 2020 The statement also noted that other animals including snow leopards, cheetahs, the clouded leopard, Amur leopard, and puma are unaffected. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Two Pet Cats in New York Confirmed to Have Coronavirus," 23 Apr. 2020 However, other tigers, lions, snow leopards, cheetahs, clouded leopards, Amur leopards, pumas or servals the infected zookeeper cared for are showing no signs of the disease. Sandee Lamotte, CNN, "Lions, tigers and house cats: You won't catch coronavirus from felines, experts say," 6 Apr. 2020 None of the zoo’s other big cats, including snow leopards, cheetahs, a clouded leopard, an Amur leopard, and a puma are showing symptoms. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Tiger tests positive for coronavirus at Bronx Zoo, first known case in the world," 5 Apr. 2020 Later at Big Cat Rescue, she was psyched there was a snow leopard at that sanctuary. Matt Wake |, al, "‘Tiger King’: Alabama ties to bonkers Netflix hit," 17 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of snow leopard

1866, in the meaning defined above

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25 Jul 2020

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“Snow leopard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2020.

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