ocelot

[ os-uh-lot, oh-suh- ]
/ ˈɒs əˌlɒt, ˈoʊ sə- /

noun

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

1765–75; < French, apparently arbitrary shortening of Nahuatl tlālōcēlōtl ocelot, equivalent to tlāl(li) earth, land + ōcēlōtl jaguar

Related forms

oc·e·loid, adjective
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ocelot

/ (ˈɒsɪˌlɒt, ˈəʊ-) /

noun

a feline mammal, Felis pardalis, inhabiting the forests of Central and South America and having a dark-spotted buff-brown coat

Word Origin for ocelot

C18: via French from Nahuatl ocelotl jaguar
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