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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Examples of snow leopard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Ramil, a 9-year-old male snow leopard at the San Diego Zoo, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to an announcement from the organization on Friday. San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 July 2021 Bronx-Sized When a snow leopard suddenly falls ill, the staff scrambles to learn the cause. Ed Stockly, Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2021 In addition to a pride of lions, Pepper Family Wildlife Center will be home to Canada lynx, snow leopard and red panda, on the south side of the building. Doug George, chicagotribune.com, 18 June 2021 How can a snow leopard’s tail act as both rudder and nose warmer? Eve Conant, National Geographic, 18 Dec. 2020 Outdoor Voices is also launching a brand new color option for its Tech Sweat Leggings: snow leopard. Alexis Rhiannon, Allure, 1 Dec. 2020 Also available in drowsy tiger, leopard and snow leopard forms, this hand-tufted gem would look as great on the living-room wall as on the bedroom floor. Laura Sutherland, CNN Underscored, 26 Nov. 2020 In May, the first snow leopard cub was born in Milwaukee in six years. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 5 Nov. 2020 Mother and daughter spent a few hours Tuesday morning in the snow leopard's outdoor exhibit, mostly napping inside a small shelter as visitors snapped photos. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of snow leopard

1866, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jul 2021

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“Snow leopard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snow%20leopard. Accessed 30 Jul. 2021.

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