American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Variant of cheetah.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The native name of the guepard or hunting-leopard of India, Felis jubata, now Gueparda jubata or Cynœlurus jubatus, a large spotted cat, somewhat like a dog in shape, with long legs, non-retractile claws, and the upper sectorial tooth without an internal lobe. It is the type of the subfamily Guepardinæ. It is called
jubata(maned or crested) from the short mane-like crest of hairs passing from the back of the head to the shoulders. When used for hunting, it is hooded and transported on a car. When a herd of deer or other game is seen, its keeper turns its head in the proper direction and removes the hood, the chetah slips from the car, and, approaching its prey in a stealthy manner, springs on it at one bound.
- n. Archaic form of cheetah.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) See cheetah.
- n. long-legged spotted cat of Africa and southwestern Asia having nonretractile claws; the swiftest mammal; can be trained to run down game
“A large Asiatic cat known as the chetah is somewhat used in hunting for sport, but the species has never been adopted in any definite way.”
“(A large Asiatic cat known as the chetah is somewhat)”
“The "chetah" is much smaller than the leopard, seldom exceeding seven feet from the nose to the end of tile tail.”
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“The chetah was quickly unhooded, and loosed from his bonds; and as soon as he viewed the deer he dropped quietly off the cart, on the _opposite_ side to that on which they stood, and approached them at a slow, crouching canter, masking himself by every bush and inequality of ground which lay in in his way.”
“Thus the chetah of India (and probably the puma of Brazil) from far-back times took to hunting in the company of his two-legged and bow-and-arrow-armed friend, with whom he divided the spoil.”
“Sometimes Yir Massir would take out a chetah -- a nasty, snarling, pin-headed piece of long-legged malice -- and walk him up and down on a dog-chain, same as a woman walks her King Charlie.”
“I'd told Ivy where I was going to spread the chetah and that after that I'd come straight home.”
“Result: one neat and very flat rug made out of chetah.”
“He was still warm; and he was flat -- very flat, like a rug made of chetah skin.”
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