- 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.
Origin of snow leopard
First recorded in 1865–70
Also called ounce2.
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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
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.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
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
In other words, it is hardly ever seen below the snow-line, and is often known as the snow-leopard.
- 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