panther

[ pan-ther ]
/ ˈpæn θər /

noun, plural pan·thers, (especially collectively) pan·ther.

the cougar or puma, Felis concolor.
the leopard, Panthera pardus.
any leopard in the black color phase.
a very fierce person.
(initial capital letter)Military. a 43-ton (39-metric ton) German tank of World War II with a 75 mm gun as its main armament.

adjective

fierce; strong and violent.

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Origin of panther

First recorded before 1000; from Latin panthēra, from Greek pánthēr; replacing Middle English pantere (from Old French, from Latin ) and Old English pandher (from Latin )

Definition for panther (2 of 2)

Panther
[ pan-ther ]
/ ˈpæn θər /

noun

Origin of Panther

First recorded in 1965–70
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British Dictionary definitions for panther

panther
/ (ˈpænθə) /

noun plural -thers or -ther

another name for the leopard, esp the black variety, which is known as the black panther
US and Canadian any of various related animals, esp the puma

Word Origin for panther

C14: from Old French pantère, from Latin panthēra, from Greek panthēr; perhaps related to Sanskrit pundarīka tiger
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