Definition of ocelot in English:

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ocelot

Pronunciation: /ˈäsəˌlät/
/ˈōsəˌlät/

noun

1A medium-sized wild cat that has a tawny yellow coat marked with black blotches and spots, and ranges from southern Texas through South 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.
1.1The 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.

Origin

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

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Syllabification: oc·e·lot

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