pan·​da | \ ˈpan-də How to pronounce panda (audio) \

Definition of panda

1 : red panda
2 : a large black-and-white mammal (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) of chiefly central China that feeds primarily on bamboo shoots and is now usually classified with the bears (family Ursidae)

called also giant panda

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Illustration of panda

A red panda, B panda 2

Examples of panda in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Huanlili and Yuandudu are France's second and third cubs after Yuan Meng, the first panda ever born in France, came into the world in 2017. Jessica Poitevien, Travel + Leisure, 14 Dec. 2021 The bears preferred the sesquiterpene hay—one panda named Ginny spent six minutes luxuriating in the treated hay, per Science News. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Dec. 2020 The train, painted to resemble a panda, has a see-thru bottom and offers 270-degree visibility (the top is not transparent). Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 17 Dec. 2021 The kids aren’t the only ones enjoying the cow and panda. John Benson, cleveland, 8 Dec. 2021 The 16-year-old panda was also diagnosed with nonregenerative anemia, which is when the body stops making new red blood cells. Minnah Arshad, Detroit Free Press, 7 Dec. 2021 Get them their own version, designed especially for them, with a fun tiger or panda print. Brittany Vincent, BGR, 3 Dec. 2021 China has spent decades backing efforts to boost the panda population. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, 9 July 2021 The sporty 1980’s model features a stark black reverse-panda dial for contrast, tritium luminous plats, and a bulky rotating time bezel set within a 40 mm case. Demetrius Simms, Robb Report, 9 Nov. 2021

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First Known Use of panda

1834, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for panda

French, perhaps from a language of the southeast Himalayas

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10 Jan 2022

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English Language Learners Definition of panda

: a large animal with black-and-white fur that looks like a bear, lives in China, and eats mostly bamboo shoots


pan·​da | \ ˈpan-də How to pronounce panda (audio) \

Kids Definition of panda

1 : red panda
2 : a large black-and-white animal of central and western China that feeds mostly on the leaves and stems of the bamboo and is related to the bear

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