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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Examples of snow leopard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The man who faces charges stemming from a string of suspicious activities at the Dallas Zoo allegedly admitted to stealing two tamarin monkeys and trying to steal the clouded snow leopard last month, according to arrest warrant affidavits. Ashley Killough, CNN, 8 Feb. 2023 In a second paper, published in the same journal this week, a different group of researchers demonstrated similar capabilities with both wild and captive Alaskan polar bears and Swedish Eurasian lynx, as well as a captive snow leopard. Sarah Kuta, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 Dec. 2023 The image featured a rare and elusive snow leopard on a snowy mountain in the Indian Himalayas, looking out at the colorful sky. Nicholas Rice, Peoplemag, 3 Dec. 2023 In ten years, all the snow leopards and polar bears might be gone. Jessica Francis Kane, Harper's Magazine, 20 Nov. 2023 These coats were made from the skins of some of the most endangered big cats including snow leopard, jaguar and ocelote that were killed to produce the fashion items. Cecilia Rodriguez, Forbes, 28 Nov. 2023 First whales, then snow leopards, and finally gray wolves. Jessica Francis Kane, Harper's Magazine, 20 Nov. 2023 The final look alludes with its snow leopard pattern and dramatic vibe alludes to the past, but its introduction is entirely modern; after Blige steps onstage at the game, versions of her outfit and those worn by her dancers will be available as an NFT, a partnership with Dress X. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, 13 Feb. 2022 Jessie’s last gift to her mother had been a donation to a wildlife fund that came with a plush snow leopard. Jessica Francis Kane, Harper's Magazine, 20 Nov. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of snow leopard was in 1866

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“Snow leopard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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snow leopard

: a large cat of central Asia with long heavy grayish white fur marked with brownish black spots and rings

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