Definition of panther in English:

panther

Syllabification: pan·ther
Pronunciation: /ˈpanTHər
 
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noun

1A leopard, especially a black one.
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  • It covered four million acres with some of the purest water in the world and was home to more than 40 indigenous plants and 300 species of birds, plus black bears, panthers, and gray foxes.
  • Two-thirds of the sightings involved large black animals resembling melanistic leopards, also known as panthers.
  • The Himalayan region is home to elephant, deer, panther, wild ass, buffalo and snow leopards.
1.1North American A cougar.
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  • The loss of Cypress, a female Florida panther, made news because of the rarity of the species.
  • I have a treasure chest of fond memories burned into my brain, like the time in 1982 when I spotted a female Florida panther walking down a levy in the Big Cypress Swamp of south Florida.
  • Another animal backed into a corner of its ancestral range and feeling the pressures of climate change is the endangered Florida panther.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French pantere, from Latin panthera, from Greek panthēr. In Latin, pardus 'leopard' also existed; the two terms led to confusion: until the mid 19th century many taxonomists regarded the panther and the leopard as separate species.

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