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panda

[pan-duh]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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Origin of panda

1825–35; < French (Cuvier), a name for the lesser panda, perhaps < a Tibeto-Burman language of the southeastern Himalayas
Can be confusedpanda pander
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Historical Examples of panda

  • Then Bobby liked the panda, and the three of us played out in the barn all day.

    My Friend Bobby

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • We decided not to tell mommy and daddy about the panda, and kept it for our own secret.

    My Friend Bobby

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • 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.

    My Friend Bobby

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • Now Bobby and I and the panda are all together and I'm glad mommy and daddy are gone.

    My Friend Bobby

    Alan Edward Nourse

  • There's just me and Bobby and the panda, and Bobby promised he'd take care of me because he's my friend.

    My Friend Bobby

    Alan Edward Nourse


British Dictionary definitions for panda

panda

noun
  1. 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
  2. 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
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Word Origin for panda

C19: via French from a native Nepalese word
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Word Origin and History for panda

n.

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.

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