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  • n. A pard; a panther or leopard.

Etymologies

From Latin pardalis, from Ancient Greek πάρδαλις, from an unattested Old Iranisn word (compare Persian پلنگ (palang), Pashto پړانګ (pṙâng). (Wiktionary)

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  • "From north to south they ran, first the Gloire, a very fast ship-rigged Toulon privateer with twelve eight-pounders, chartered by a wealthy Barcelona merchant named Jaume Mateu to protect his two settees, the Pardal and the Xaloc, of six guns apiece... then, almost abreast of the Pardal but to windward and only four or five hundred yards from the Sophie, the Santa Lucia, a Neopolitan sic snow, a prize belonging to the Gloire..."
    --Patrick O'Brian, Master and Commander, 206

    March 29, 2008