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[jag-wahr, -yoo-ahr; especially British jag-yoo-er] /ˈdʒæg wɑr, -yuˌɑr; especially British ˈdʒæg yu ər/
a large spotted feline, Panthera onca, of tropical America, having a tawny coat with black rosettes: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in some areas.
Origin of jaguar
1595-1605; < Portuguese < Tupi jaguara Unabridged
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  • Once when a Mexican tigre, a jaguar, charged me I—But that is not this story.

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  • The jaguar might make an excursion into the market-town; the bear might eat a butcher.

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  • If I saw a jaguar track in India, I should know it was made by a leopard.

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  • And the hunting-leopard grew to a jaguar, all covered with spots like eyes.

  • The jaguar also frequents thickets on the river-banks and marshes.

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British Dictionary definitions for jaguar


a large feline mammal, Panthera onca, of S North America, Central America, and N South America, similar to the leopard but with a shorter tail and larger spots on its coat
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese, from Tupi jaguara, Guarani yaguara
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Word Origin and History for jaguar

big cat of the Americas (Felis onca), c.1600, from Portuguese jaguar, from Tupi jaguara, said to be a name "denoting any larger beast of prey" [Klein]. Also a type of British-made car; in this sense the abbreviation Jag is attested from 1959.

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