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snow leopard

  1. a long-haired, leopardlike feline, Panthera (Uncia) uncia, of mountain ranges of central Asia, having a relatively small head and a thick, creamy-gray coat with rosette spots: an endangered species.
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Origin of snow leopard

First recorded in 1865–70
Also called ounce2.
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Examples from the Web for snow leopard

Historical Examples of snow leopard

  • The snow-leopard, which inhabits Central Asia, is stony-grey, with large annular spots to match the rocks among which he lives.

    The Human Side of Animals

    Royal Dixon

  • In the Himalayas the chief foes of the ibex are the snow-leopard and wild dog.

  • The snow-leopard of the Himalaya is found at a midway stage of such adaptation.

  • Prince Sanang, tell me, what man or what devil in all the chronicles of the past has ever tamed a Snow-Leopard?

    The Slayer Of souls

    Robert Chambers

  • In other words, it is hardly ever seen below the snow-line, and is often known as the snow-leopard.

British Dictionary definitions for snow leopard

snow leopard

  1. a large feline mammal, Panthera uncia, of mountainous regions of central Asia, closely related to the leopard but having a long pale brown coat marked with black rosettesAlso called: ounce
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