Definitions for ocelotˈɒs əˌlɒt, ˈoʊ sə-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
oc•e•lotˈɒs əˌlɒt, ˈoʊ sə-(n.)
a spotted wildcat, Felis pardalis, ranging from Texas through South America.
Origin of ocelot:
1765–75; < F
ocelot, panther cat, Felis pardalis(noun)
nocturnal wildcat of Central America and South America having a dark-spotted buff-brown coat
An American feline carnivore (Scientific name: Felis pardalis) covered with blackish ocellated spots and blotches which are variously arranged.
Origin: From ocelotl.
The ocelot, also known as the dwarf leopard, is a wild cat distributed extensively over South America including the islands of Trinidad and Margarita, Central America, and Mexico. It has been reported as far north as Texas. North of Mexico, it is found regularly only in the extreme southern part of Texas, although there are rare sightings in southern Arizona. The ocelot is similar in appearance to a domestic cat. Its fur resembles that of a clouded leopard or jaguar and was once regarded as particularly valuable. As a result, hundreds of thousands of ocelots were once killed for their fur. The feline was classified a "vulnerable" endangered species from 1972 until 1996, and is now rated "least concern" by the 2008 IUCN Red List.
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