Definition of ocelot in English:

ocelot

Line breaks: oce¦lot
Pronunciation: /ˈɒsɪlɒt
 
, ˈəʊs-/

noun

  • 1A medium-sized wild cat that has an orange-yellow coat marked with black stripes and spots, native to South and Central America.
    • Felis pardalis, family Felidae
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    • He doesn't have big teeth so he wouldn't be able to protect himself against eagles, jaguars, and ocelots in central South America.
    • Clearly, bobcats could survive hunting pressures better than margays and ocelots.
    • We were studying ocelots at the time and needed chickens to lure the cats into our traps.
  • 1.1 [mass noun] The fur of the ocelot.
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    • It is quite possible that TR, were he alive today, would be the proud owner of a gargantuan SUV with a custom interior made out of ocelot hide.

Origin

late 18th century: from French, from Nahuatl tlatlocelotl, literally 'field tiger'.

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