from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A large, ferocious cat (Panthera pardus) of Africa and southern Asia, having either tawny fur with dark rosettelike markings or black fur.
  • n. Any of several felines, such as the cheetah or the snow leopard.
  • n. The pelt or fur of this animal.
  • n. Heraldry A lion in side view, having one forepaw raised and the head facing the observer.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A large wild cat with a spotted coat, Panthera pardus, indigenous to Africa and Asia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large, savage, carnivorous mammal (Felis leopardus). It is of a yellow or fawn color, with rings or roselike clusters of black spots along the back and sides. It is found in Southern Asia and Africa. By some the panther (Felis pardus) is regarded as a variety of leopard.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The pard or panther, Felis pardus, the largest spotted cat of the Old World.
  • n. In heraldry, originally, a lion passant gardant.
  • n. A gold coin, weighing from about 53 to 69 grains, struck by Edward III. and Edward the Black Prince of England, for circulation in France, and having on the obverse a lion passant gardant. In French heraldry this representation is described as a lion léopardé, whence the name of the coin.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the pelt of a leopard
  • n. large feline of African and Asian forests usually having a tawny coat with black spots


Middle English, from Old French leupart, from Late Latin leopardus, from Greek leopardos : Greek leōn, lion; see lion + Greek pardos, pard; see pard.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French lepart, lebart et al., from Latin leopardus, from Ancient Greek λεόπαρδος (leopardos), from λέων (leōn, "lion") + πάρδος (pardos, "panther") (Wiktionary)



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