Definition of panther noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈpænθə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈpænθər//
    Wild mammals
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  1. 1a black leopard (= a large wild animal of the cat family) See related entries: Wild mammals
  2. 2(North American English) = puma See related entries: Wild mammals
  3. Word OriginMiddle English: from Old French pantere, from Latin panthera, from Greek panthēr. In Latin, pardus ‘leopard’ also existed; the two terms led to confusion: until the mid 19th cent. many taxonomists regarded the panther and the leopard as separate species.
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