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ocelot Line breaks: oce¦lot
Pronunciation: /ˈɒsɪlɒt/

Definition of ocelot in English:


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
Example sentences
  • 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.
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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