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

 

leopard

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈlepəd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈlepərd//
 
Wild mammals
 
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  • a large animal of the cat family, that has yellowish-brown fur with black spots. Leopards live in Africa and southern Asia. compare leopardess See related entries: Wild mammals
  • Word Origin Middle English: via Old French from late Latin leopardus, from late Greek leopardos, from leōn ‘lion’ + pardos.Idioms
    a leopard cannot change its spots
     
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    (saying) people cannot change their character, especially if they have a bad character You didn’t really expect her to be on time, did you? A leopard can’t change its spots.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: leopard