leopard

Definitions

  • The Black Leopard
    The Black Leopard
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n leopard large feline of African and Asian forests usually having a tawny coat with black spots
    • n leopard the pelt of a leopard
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Additional illustrations & photos:

THE LEOPARD AND THE FOX THE LEOPARD AND THE FOX

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Panthers are known as black leopards, as they are the same species of leopard. If looked at closely, black spots can be seen on a panther
    • n Leopard lĕp"ẽrd (Zoöl) A large, savage, carnivorous mammal (Felis leopardus). It is of a yellow or fawn color, with rings or roselike clusters of black spots along the back and sides. It is found in Southern Asia and Africa. By some the panther (Felis pardus) is regarded as a variety of leopard.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The puma and the leopard are the highest jumping mammals. They are able to reach a height of 16.5 feet
    • n leopard The pard or panther, Felis pardus, the largest spotted cat of the Old World. It ranks third in size, strength, aud ferocity among the Old World Felidæ, being exceeded only by the lion aud tiger; but it is also inferior to the jaguar and cougar of America. The Himalayan ounce, Felis irbis, is about equal to it in size. A good-sized leopard is about 4 feet long without the tail, which is about 3 feet. The skull measures 9 inches in length by 5½ in breadth. The color is tawny, paler or whitish below, and nearly everywhere regularly and profusely spotted with black or blackish, the largest of these spots being ocellated or broken into rosettes. But the animal varies not less in color than in size. Some individuals are black, though even in these cases of melanism the characteristic studded pattern of coloration may be traced. The leopard is smooth-haired, without mane or beard, agile as well as sturdy, and of somewhat arboreal habits, like the jaguar and cougar. It inhabits wooded country throughout Africa and across Asia to Japan, Java, and some of the other islands, in this wide range running into many geographical varieties.
    • n leopard In heraldry, originally, a lion passant gardant. Thus, the three lions on the shield of England as it existed in the reign of Henry III. are spoken of as leopards. In later heraldry an attempt has been made to discriminate between the lion and the leopard, but the only tenable distinction is when the leopard is represented spotted, which is common in modern heraldry. The practical identity of the two bearings is shown in this, that a leopard rampant is said to be a leopard lionné, and a lion passant gardant is said to be a lion leopardé.
    • n leopard A gold coin, weighing from about 53 to 69 grains, struck by Edward III. and Edward the Black Prince of England, for circulation in France, and having on the obverse a lion passant gardant. In French heraldry this representation is described as a lion léopardé, whence the name of the coin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Pound for pound, leopards are said to be seven times stronger than humans
    • n Leopard lep′ard an animal of the cat kind, with a spotted skin, now generally supposed to be identical with the panther
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Quotations

  • Jackie Collins
    Jackie Collins
    “My weakness is wearing too much leopard print.”

Idioms

Leopard can't change its spots - This idiom means that people cannot change basic aspects of their character, especially negative ones. ("A leopard doesn't change its spots" is also used.)
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. leopart, leparde, lebarde, libbard, OF. leopard, liepart, F. léopard, L. leopardus, fr. Gr. leo`pardos; le`wn lion + pa`rdos pard. See Lion, and Pard
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr.,—L.,—Gr. leopardosleōn, lion, pardos, pard.

Usage

In literature:

The panther, the leopard, and the jaguar, are all tree-climbers.
"The Bush Boys" by Captain Mayne Reid
Two men were lying on the ground, and a leopard stood with a paw on each of them.
"On the Irrawaddy" by G. A. Henty
A bank of earth, on which was spread a leopard-skin, formed the throne.
"Great African Travellers" by W.H.G. Kingston
My chief fear was that I might fall in with a prowling lion or leopard, or encounter a snake of some sort crawling along.
"Hendricks the Hunter" by W.H.G. Kingston
It will be as well, however, not to separate, for we may fall in with a lion or leopard, or a herd of elephants.
"The Two Supercargoes" by W.H.G. Kingston
The leopard is the great enemy of the baboons.
"The Mission; or Scenes in Africa" by Captain Frederick Marryat
Creeping to the top of this with great caution the leopard looked over with a view to estimate distance.
"The Settler and the Savage" by R.M. Ballantyne
One friend of mine, a doctor, used to boast that he could stare a leopard out of countenance.
"Six Months at the Cape" by R.M. Ballantyne
Still less did it occur to me that I might miss bull and leopard altogether.
"The Gorilla Hunters" by R.M. Ballantyne
Besides the lion and the leopard, there were many other great cats, some of remarkable beauty.
"Impressions of South Africa" by James Bryce
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In poetry:

The milk-white girls
Unbend from the holly-trees,
And their snow-white leopard
Watches to follow our trace.
"Heather" by Ezra Pound
Thus, with our debt to them so deep,
All men should cry "Praise be for Sheep!"—
And, if we happen to be shepherds,
"Praise be they’re not as fierce as leopards!"
"The Sheep" by Ellis Parker Butler
The silver and violet leopard of the night
Spotted with stars and smooth with silence sprang;
And though three doors stood open, the end of light
Closed like a trap; and stillness was a clang.
"Nightmare" by Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Now the fierce bear and leopard keen
Are perished as they ne'er had been,
Oblivion is their home:
Ambition's boldest dream and last
Must melt before the clarion blast
That sounds the dirge of Rome.
"Monday In Whitsun-Week" by John Keble
His hide, with the paws and the bones of his skull,
With the spoils of the leopard and buffalo bull,
We'll send to Sir Walter. — Now, boys, let us dine,
And talk of our deeds o'er a flask of old wine.
"The Lion Hunt" by Thomas Pringle
Or, if the gang of hungry wolves come yelling on my track,
I make my ready rifle speak, and scare the cowards back;
Or, if the lurking leopard's eyes among the branches shine,
A touch upon the trigger -- and his spotted skin is mine!
"Adventure" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

She writes on her page that she wishes the background were leopard.
Leopard at the Maryland Zoo.
Musings on how to spell and pronounce Leopard-Trek, with a Roubaix leadoff in honor of Peter Post.
Karlie Kloss modeled the controversial leopard-print outfit with a Native American headdress.
0 Karlie Kloss modeled the controversial leopard-print outfit with a Native American headdress .
Karlie Kloss modeled the controversial leopard-print outfit with a Native American headdress .
Or maybe it's his lavender, yellow or leopard-print pairs, which he is wearing on stage during his current tour.
Real Life Drama as Leopard Lies in Wait for herd of Impalas .
Can you spot the Leopard before it moves.
Diallo, her hair covered by a leopard-print scarf, looked composed and resolute as the deal was announced.
Ms Diallo, her hair covered by a leopard-print scarf, looked composed and resolute as the deal was announced.
Delaware Fightin Blue Hens at Lafayette Leopards.
"We are especially thrilled, as only four other zoos have successfully bred snow leopards this year.".
Snow leopards reach maturity between two and three years of age, and the youngsters will likely be relocated to other zoos in the spring.
Syracuse zoo announces winners of snow leopard naming contest.
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In science:

The same result could be obtained by a leopard-print pattern as that described by Linnell (1991) with an equivalent areal coverage and equal spot temperature factor as the polar spot we modeled.
Near-Infrared Light Curves of the Brown Dwarf Eclipsing Binary 2MASS J05352184-0546085: Can Spots Explain the Temperature Reversal?
Since it is at a research stage, the Interactive ZooOz Guide is focused on the navigation of the Zoo and multimedia contents delivery at the hotspots of the ‘Big Cats’ section of the Zoo where tigers, lions, jaguars, and leopards are living.
An Interactive Zoo Guide: A Case Study of Collaborative Learning
Startup Screen The startup screen is designed by the computer students. It incorporates the Melbourne Zoo’s logo and features a leopard at the background to represent the ‘Big Cats’ as shown in Figure 6. The startup screen stays for 5 seconds to allow the system to get ready.
An Interactive Zoo Guide: A Case Study of Collaborative Learning
We have taken 100 random images of the ten most populated ob ject categories, namely: planes (lateral), bonsais, chandeliers, faces (frontal), pianos, tortoises, sails, leopards, motorbikes and clocks as seen in Figure 4.
Evaluation of Three Vision Based Object Perception Methods for a Mobile Robot
Such a ”leopard skin” model for HD 189733 would modify the transmission spectrum in ways that would be virtually impossible to correct with the available data.
The prevalence of dust on the exoplanet HD 189733b from Hubble and Spitzer observations
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