Definitions

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

  • n. The leopard, especially in its black unspotted form.
  • n. See mountain lion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of various big cats with black fur; most especially, the black-coated leopard of India.
  • n. Any big cat of the genus Panthera.
  • n. A cougar; especially the Florida panther.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A large dark-colored variety of the leopard, by some zoölogists considered a distinct species. It is marked with large ringlike spots, the centers of which are darker than the color of the body.
  • n. In America, the name is applied to the puma, or cougar, and sometimes to the jaguar.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A leopard. See also cut under leopard.
  • n. The American cougar or puma, Felis concolor. See cut under cougar. Also called painter.

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

  • n. a large spotted feline of tropical America similar to the leopard; in some classifications considered a member of the genus Felis
  • n. a leopard in the black color phase
  • n. large American feline resembling a lion

Etymologies

Middle English pantere, from Old French and from Old English panthera, both from Latin panthēra, from Greek panthēr.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French pantere (modern panthère), from Latin panthera, from Ancient Greek πάνθηρ (panthēr, "panther"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Of the larger quadrupeds belonging to this continent, the bears, and wolves, and foxes are often in motion by starlight; the moose and the deer frequently feed under a dark sky; the panther is almost wholly nocturnal; the wary and industrious beaver also works at night; that singular creature, the opossum, sleeps in his tree by day and comes down at night.

    Rural Hours

  • "A black panther is a black (melanistic) color variant of one of several species of larger cat which are known by the term panther in various parts of the world, and belong to the feline genus panthera which contains lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars.

    Cute Overload

  • The latest sighting of a reported black panther is in an area off of Highway 154 near Rhonesboro, in an area called Raintree Lake.

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • Doesn't sound anything like a cougar, and of course the designation "black panther" is useless from a biological standpoint.

    Archive 2007-12-01

  • 'Black panther is a term that does not denote any particular species of cat.

    Archive 2007-04-01

  • "Is this the beast some call a panther or painter?" asked Roger.

    Dave Porter at Star Ranch Or, The Cowboy's Secret

  • The name panther is usually applied only to the large, fulvous variety of _Felis pardus (Linn.) (F. leopardus, Leopardus varius) _.

    Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official

  • It is sometimes referred to as the panther, especially rare [[melanism | melanistic]] black leopards (which are also spotted, but black-on-black so that the spots are not readily apparent).

    Conservapedia - Recent changes [en]

  • Turns out the panther was a large stuffed toy, apparently placed in the pipe as a hoax.

    Tasering of Panter

  • "The animal is sometimes called the panther, or 'painter,' as it is familiarly known; and it is regarded by some authorities as the cougar.

    The Wonder Island Boys: The Mysteries of the Caverns

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  • “The Grumman F9F Panther was the manufacturer's first jet fighter and the U.S. Navy's second. The Panther was the most widely used U.S. Navy jet fighter of the Korean War.�? More on Wikipedia.

    December 30, 2008


  • The panther is like a leopard,
    Except it hasn't been peppered,
    Should you behold a panther crouch,
    Prepare to say Ouch.
    Better yet, if called by a panther,
    Don't anther.

    - Ogden Nash, 'The Panther'.

    December 5, 2008

  • "Cunning, quick and sleek, Panther stalks her prey with unrelenting force and terrifying precision. Possessing both the strength of a savage beast and the ruthless instinct of a predator, you stand about as much chance against her as a mouse does against a jungle cat."

    (Official biography on NBC's American Gladiators website)

    September 6, 2008