(also giant panda)
A large bear-like mammal with characteristic black-and-white markings, native to certain mountain forests in China. It feeds almost entirely on bamboo and has become increasingly rare. See also red panda.
- Ailuropoda melanoleuca; it is now usually placed with the bears (family Ursidae), but was formerly thought to belong with the raccoons (family Procyonidae)
- Feeding mostly on bamboo, fruits, and insects, the pandas are native to mountains in China and the Himalaya - where they are better known for skittering up trees than standing at attention.
- In the wild, about 1,600 pandas roam forests scattered across six mountain ranges in southwestern China.
- This means there could be many more pandas throughout China than previously estimated.
mid 19th century: from Nepali.
A Brahmin expert in genealogy, who provides religious guidance and acts as a family priest.
- Here, ancestral Brahmin priests - or pandas - give blessings with holy water and fill in records of family genealogies.
- Innumerable pandas and pujaris await the pilgrims to help them with their worship.
- Here these pandas and pujaris control everything in and around the temples and cause serious harm to the devotees congregating at the temples.