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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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  • The puma ranges throughout the country, as he does much further south; while the jaguar also appears amid the forests and plains.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • Now it sounds like the dreadful roar of the jaguar as it springs on its prey.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • "A moment," he said; then, slipping forward, he laid his hand on the jaguar's shoulder.

    The Border Rifles Gustave Aimard
  • jaguar's head is large and he is tremendously strong in the jaws.

  • It means the jaguar, whose skin is beautifully spotted, and not striped like that of the tiger in the East.

    Wanderings in South America Charles Waterton
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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