- Also called giant panda. a white-and-black, bearlike mammal, Ailuropoda melanoleuca, now rare and restricted to forest areas of central China containing stands of bamboo, on which it mainly subsists: formerly placed with the raccoon family but now classified as a bear subfamily, Ailuropodinae, or as the sole member of a separate family, Ailuropodidae, which diverged from an ancestral bear lineage.
- Also called lesser panda. a reddish-brown, raccoonlike mammal, Ailurus fulgens, of mountain forests in the Himalayas and adjacent eastern Asia, subsisting mainly on bamboo and other vegetation, fruits, and insects, and reduced in numbers by collectors: now considered unrelated to the giant panda and usually classified as the sole member of an Old World raccoon subfamily, Ailurinae, which diverged from an ancestral lineage that also gave rise to the New World raccoons.
Origin of panda
Examples from the Web for panda
Vineberg's were said by police to be Panda, Black List, or Red Bull.A Sax Player, Then a Suspect After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Act
February 7, 2014
The National Zoo removed its panda cam from the Web, so we did what had to be done.
The dreaded government shutdown has claimed its tiniest, most beloved victim: the National Zoo's panda cam.
The video included a scene in which a female intern wearing a panda suit simulates performing oral sex on Hillary Clinton.What do FreedomWorks, Interns, and Panda Costumes Have in Common?
February 14, 2013
At least by Chinese standards, moreover, transforming your pooch into a panda can eat up a lot of time and money.China’s Dog-Dyeing Craze: Once Shunned, Pet Pooches Now Embraced
July 8, 2012
There's just me and Bobby and the panda, and Bobby promised he'd take care of me because he's my friend.
Then Bobby liked the panda, and the three of us played out in the barn all day.
Now Bobby and I and the panda are all together and I'm glad mommy and daddy are gone.
We decided not to tell mommy and daddy about the panda, and kept it for our own secret.
I said I want Bobby to hurt you and mommy because you're not nice to me, only Bobby and my panda are nice to me.
- Also called: giant panda a large black-and-white herbivorous bearlike mammal, Ailuropoda melanoleuca, related to the raccoons and inhabiting the high mountain bamboo forests of China: family Procyonidae
- lesser panda or red panda a closely related smaller animal resembling a raccoon, Ailurus fulgens, of the mountain forests of S Asia, having a reddish-brown coat and ringed tail
Word Origin and History for panda
1835, from French, apparently from the Nepalese name of a raccoon-like mammal (lesser panda) found there. First reference to the Giant Panda is from 1901; since its discovery in 1869 by French missionary Armand David (1826-1900) it had been known as parti-colored bear, but the name was changed after the zoological relationship to the red panda was established.