Definition of cheetah in English:


Line breaks: chee|tah
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃiːtə


  • A large slender spotted cat found in Africa and parts of Asia. It is the fastest animal on land.
    • Acinonyx jubatus, family Felidae
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    • Some of the animals highlighted in the photographs include lions, cheetahs, rhinos, hippos, giraffes and chimpanzees.
    • Here, in open vehicles, accompanied by rangers and trackers, you are virtually guaranteed close-ups of lions, leopards and cheetahs, and possibly even wild dogs.
    • I don't rightly know how these panthers and cheetahs and tigers came to inhabit the park in the first place.


late 18th century: from Hindi cītā, perhaps from Sanskrit citraka 'leopard'.

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