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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

PAN'THER, n. [L. from Gr.] A fierce, ferocious quadruped of the genus Felis, of the size of a large dog, with short hair, of a yellow color, diversified with roundish black spots. This animal is carnivorous, and will climb trees in pursuit of small animals. It is a native of Africa. The name is also applied to other species of the genus.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a large spotted feline of tropical America similar to the leopard; in some classifications considered a member of the genus Felis [syn: jaguar, panther, Panthera onca, Felis onca]
2: a leopard in the black color phase
3: large American feline resembling a lion [syn: cougar, puma, catamount, mountain lion, painter, panther, Felis concolor]

Merriam Webster's

noun (plural panthers; also panther) Etymology: Middle English pantere, from Anglo-French panthere, from Latin panthera, from Greek panth?r Date: 13th century 1. leopard: as a. a leopard of a hypothetical exceptionally large fierce variety b. a leopard of the black color phase 2. cougar compare Florida panther 3. jaguar

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 a leopard, esp. with black fur. 2 US a puma. Etymology: ME f. OF pantere f. L panthera f. Gk panther

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Panther Pan"ther, n. [OE. pantere, F. panth[`e]re, L. panthera, Gr. ?, prob. fr. Skr. pundr[=i]ka a tiger.] 1. (Zo["o]l.) A large dark-colored variety of the leopard, by some zo["o]logists considered a distinct species. It is marked with large ringlike spots, the centers of which are darker than the color of the body. 2. (Zo["o]l.) In America, the name is applied to the puma, or cougar, and sometimes to the jaguar.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Puma Pu"ma (p[=u]"m[.a]), n. [Peruv. puma.] (Zo["o]l.) A large American carnivore (Felis concolor), found from Canada to Patagonia, especially among the mountains. Its color is tawny, or brownish yellow, without spots or stripes. Called also catamount, cougar, American lion, mountain lion, and panther or painter.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cougar Cou"gar (k??"g?r), n. [F. couguar, from the native name in the South American dialects, cuguacuara, cuguacuarana.] (Zo["o]l.) An American feline quadruped (Felis concolor), resembling the African panther in size and habits. Its color is tawny, without spots; hence writers often called it the American lion. Called also puma, panther, mountain lion, and catamount. See Puma.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(panthers) A panther is a large wild animal that belongs to the cat family. Panthers are usually black. N-COUNT

Moby Thesaurus

Leo, Siberian tiger, bobcat, cat-a-mountain, catamount, cheetah, cougar, jaguar, leopard, lion, lynx, mountain lion, ocelot, painter, puma, simba, tiger, wildcat



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