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Black Panther

a member of a militant black American organization (Black Panther party) active in the 1960s and early 1970s, formed to work for the advancement of the rights of blacks, often by radical means.
Also called Panther.
Origin of Black Panther
An Americanism dating back to 1960-65 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In these we often catch full-grown tigers, black panthers, and leopards.

  • The lions roared again, and the black panthers snarled behind their prison bars.

  • I felt the mangling of the appetites Of the black panthers, of the savage kites, That were so fain to rend and pick my flesh.

    Silverpoints John Gray
  • Still others led leopards and black panthers on chains as an added protection to those they guarded.

    Mr. Wicker's Window Carley Dawson
British Dictionary definitions for black panthers

Black Panther

(in the US) a member of a militant Black political party founded in 1965 to end the political dominance of White people
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for black panthers

Black Panther

1965, the movement an outgrowth of Student Nonviolent Co-ordinating Committee.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Black Panthers definition

A militant Black Power organization founded in the 1960s by Huey Newton and others. Newton proclaimed: “We make the statement, quoting from Chairman Mao, that Political Power comes through the Barrel of a Gun.”

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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