- a large, spotted Asian or African carnivore, Panthera pardus, of the cat family, usually tawny with black markings; the Old World panther: all leopard populations are threatened or endangered.
- the fur or pelt of this animal.
- any of various related cats resembling this animal.
- Heraldry. a lion represented from the side as walking, usually with one forepaw raised, and looking toward the spectator.
- an Anglo-Gallic gold coin issued by Edward III, equal to half a florin, bearing the figure of a leopard.
- a silver Anglo-Gallic coin issued by Henry V.
- (initial capital letter) Military. a 42-ton (38-metric ton) West German tank with a 105mm gun.
Origin of leopard
Examples from the Web for leopard
Their captors wore palm leaves, leopard skins, and magical relics to make themselves immune to bullets.‘Argo’ in the Congo: The Ghosts of the Stanleyville Hostage Crisis
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A leopard seal is “about a thousand-pound animal with lots of teeth,” Perryman explains.Soon We’ll Be Watching Whales By Drone
August 25, 2014
She sports a Saint Laurent by Hedi Slimane leopard button-down, a black blazer, and red leather pants.Jay Z and Beyoncé Go Vegan; 2013 Was the Year of the Hipster
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December 4, 2013
The Leopard By Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa The Leopard was the life work of a Sicilian aristocrat, Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.Favorite Historical Novels
November 9, 2011
Their collection features sparkling hotpants, midriff-baring tops, leopard prints, and combat boots.Lourdes' Edgy New Look
November 18, 2010
In stature he was about five feet eleven inches, and was apparently as agile as a leopard.Ridgeway
His speech was not eloquent, nor did it flatter the Leopard Woman, but it was to the point.
Reluctantly, apathetically, the Leopard Woman's men got to their feet.
The Leopard Woman, who had walked indomitably, now collapsed.
He stood supporting the half-fainting form of the Leopard Woman.
- Also called: panther a large feline mammal, Panthera pardus, of forests of Africa and Asia, usually having a tawny yellow coat with black rosette-like spots
- any of several similar felines, such as the snow leopard and cheetah
- clouded leopard a feline, Neofelis nebulosa, of SE Asia and Indonesia with a yellowish-brown coat marked with darker spots and blotches
- heraldry a stylized leopard, painted as a lion with the face turned towards the front
- the pelt of a leopard
Word Origin and History for leopard
late 13c., from Old French lebard, leupart (12c., Modern French léopard), from Late Latin leopardus, literally "lion-pard," from Greek leopardos, from leon "lion" + pardos "male panther," which generally is said to be connected to Sanskrit prdakuh "panther, tiger." The animal was thought in ancient times to be a hybrid of these two species.