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

  • n. A rare bearlike mammal (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) of the mountains of China and Tibet, having woolly fur with distinctive black and white markings. Also called giant panda, panda bear.
  • n. A small raccoonlike mammal (Ailurus fulgens) of northeast Asia, having reddish fur, white face markings, and a long ringed tail. Also called lesser panda, red panda.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A small Asiatic mammal (Ailurus fulgens) having fine soft fur, which inhabits the mountains of Northern India. It was once thought to be related to the bears, but is now believed to be more closely related to raccoons. It has reddish-brown fur on the back and sides, and black fur on the legs and underside. Called also the lesser panda.
  • n. The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), a bearlike black-and white mammal now found wild only in the central forests of China, which lives mainly on on bamboo. It is an endangered species, and is a popular attraction in the few zoos which have bveen able to obtain specimens.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A carnivorous quadruped, Ælurus fulgens, of the arctoid series of fissiped Feræ, representing a family Æluridæ; the wah, chitwah, or red bear-cat.

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

  • n. large black-and-white herbivorous mammal of bamboo forests of China and Tibet; in some classifications considered a member of the bear family or of a separate family Ailuropodidae
  • n. reddish-brown Old World raccoon-like carnivore; in some classifications considered unrelated to the giant pandas

Etymologies

French, perhaps of Nepalese origin .
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French panda, apparently from a local language of Nepal but not traced in Nepali. (Wiktionary)

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