- a spotted leopardlike cat, Felis pardalis, ranging from Texas through South America: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in the U.S.
Origin of ocelot
Examples from the Web for ocelot
It was, as had been supposed, an ocelot, the most beautiful creature of that region.In the Wilds of Florida
This is well shown in the ocelot, Fig. 15, and in many other cats.Colouration in Animals and Plants
"The Ocelot bounds away too quickly," he observed, as if offended.The Treasure of Pearls
The ocelot is next only to the jaguar in ferocity and daring.Lost in the Wilds of Brazil
James H. Foster
America has several Tiger-Cats, foremost amongst which may be mentioned the Ocelot.The Book of Cats
Charles H. Ross
- a feline mammal, Felis pardalis, inhabiting the forests of Central and South America and having a dark-spotted buff-brown coat
Word Origin and History for ocelot
"large wildcat of Central and South America," 1775, from French ocelot, a word formed by French naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788), from Nahuatl ocelotl "jaguar" (in full tlalocelotl, a compound formed with tlalli "field").