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.
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.
- panda , pander
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How to use panda in a sentence
The cub’s mother was on her way, and Dearie had to make tracks, as animal keepers do not directly interact with adult pandas.
The zoo’s red pandas — a group that includes males Rusty, Clinger, Slash and Shredder — seem like a fun bunch.The National Zoo’s wild naming inspiration, from Billy Joel to the Golden Girls | John Kelly | January 25, 2021 | Washington Post
Also unclear is whether horse poop actually prevents pandas from feeling cold temporarily, or if it just makes feeling cold less unpleasant, Gracheva says.
All pandas at the zoo move to China when they are 4 years old as part of the zoo’s breeding agreement with China.
Rushing up a tree can save a wild panda from attacks by wild dogs.Pandas use their heads as a kind of extra limb for climbing | Susan Milius | March 13, 2020 | Science News For Students
Triplet panda cubs born this past July were reunited with their mother, Juxiao, in a Chinese zoo this week.‘Sexual’ Barbershop Quartet, a Panda Family Reunion, and More Viral Videos | The Daily Beast Video | December 14, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The grand prize is a pristine white Fiat panda 4X4 – with full options.Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor | Barbie Latza Nadeau | November 18, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Vineberg's were said by police to be panda, Black List, or Red Bull.A Sax Player, Then a Suspect After Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Act | Michael Daly | February 7, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
panda-Patrice smothers sweet and sour sauce on his lips and grins at the camera.The Most Offensive Lyrics and WTF Moments From ‘Chinese Food’ | Culture Team | October 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
panda-Patrice hybrid plays board games with five young girls whilst rapping “Get me broccoli/While I play Monopoly.”The Most Offensive Lyrics and WTF Moments From ‘Chinese Food’ | Culture Team | October 15, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
I will conclude with the following proverb, which comes in very appropriately: En retudi panda nasti abela macha.Carmen | Prosper Merimee
The Milinda panda mentions the royal astrologer as one of the principal functionaries of Menander.
Is it that the fates of battle 'gainst the Kuru house combine, Is it that thy heart's affection unto panda's sons incline?Maha-bharata | Anonymous
panda, pan′da, n. a remarkable animal in the bear section of Carnivores found in the south-east Himalayas.
This is a very curious animal, which, like the panda and the linsang, at first misled naturalists in assigning it a place.Natural History of the Mammalia of India and Ceylon | Robert A. Sterndale
British Dictionary definitions for panda
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
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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