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 The film’s central conceit—a panda must learn kung fu in order to vanquish an evil snow leopard—originated not as a strategic ploy for the growing Chinese market but out of the spontaneous frisson of the DreamWorks writers’ room. Jane Hu, The New Yorker, 12 Sep. 2022 Its story is understood to the concern a conflict between a father and a son after a snow leopard kills nine of a herder’s goats. Patrick Frater, Variety, 15 July 2022 In 2017, Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, in partnership with the WWF, launched a $3.15 million, five-year snow leopard conservation action plan. Ben Ayers, Outside Online, 27 July 2022 Earlier this year, an 11-year-old snow leopard at Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois died after contracting the virus. Tara John, CNN, 6 July 2022 Rilu, an 11-year-old snow leopard, struggled with Covid-19 induced pneumonia before death, according to a post on the Miller Park Zoo verified Instagram account. Sana Noor Haq, CNN, 8 Jan. 2022 The Akron Zoo on Tuesday announced Milja, a 1-year-old female snow leopard, has arrived at the zoo from the Milwaukee County Zoo in Wisconsin. Megan Becka, cleveland, 15 Mar. 2022 Milja and the zoo’s male snow leopard, Tai Lung, will have a breeding recommendation in the future. Megan Becka, cleveland, 15 Mar. 2022 Perched high in India’s northwestern corner, these two adjoining national parks preserve a complete ecosystem of high-altitude Himalayan flora and fauna, including blue sheep, Asiatic black bears, and the elusive snow leopard. Emily Pennington, Outside Online, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of snow leopard

1866, in the meaning defined above

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24 Sep 2022

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“Snow leopard.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/snow%20leopard. Accessed 4 Oct. 2022.

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