- a cat, Acinonyx jubatus, of southwestern Asia and Africa, resembling a leopard but having certain doglike characteristics, often trained for hunting deer, antelope, etc.: an endangered species.
Origin of cheetah
Examples from the Web for cheetah
In the Middle East, a cheetah riding shotgun in the plush leather seat of a luxury sports car is the ultimate status symbol.The $10 Billion Pet Cheetah and Chimp Industry
July 20, 2014
According to his mother, Horowitz was inspired by a Cheetah Girls concert he attended at age 7.The Six Most Fabulous, Most Epic Bar Mitzvah Dances Ever (VIDEO)
August 14, 2013
The42 force with which the cheetah strikes his victim is marvellous.The Last Voyage
Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
I think that I mentioned to you that the doctor kept a cheetah and a baboon.
There was a cheetah, too; perhaps we might find it upon our shoulders at any moment.
It infests the small intestines, and is found alike in the fox, wolf, and cheetah.Parasites
T. Spencer Cobbold
This is the Felis uncia, allied to the panther and the cheetah.Milton's Comus
- a large feline mammal, Acinonyx jubatus, of Africa and SW Asia: the swiftest mammal, having very long legs, nonretractile claws, and a black-spotted light-brown coat
Word Origin and History for cheetah
1704, from Hindi chita "leopard," from Sanskrit chitraka "hunting leopard, tiger," literally "speckled," from chitra-s "distinctively marked, variegated, many-colored, bright, clear" (from PIE *kit-ro-, from root *(s)kai- (1) "bright, shining;" see shine (v.)) + kayah "body," from PIE *kwei- "to build, make" (see poet).