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ˈlɛp ərdleop·ard

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. leopardnoun

    the pelt of a leopard

  2. leopard, Panthera pardusnoun

    large feline of African and Asian forests usually having a tawny coat with black spots


  1. leopardnoun

    A large wild cat with a spotted coat, Panthera pardus, indigenous to Africa and Asia.

  2. Etymology: From lepart, lebart et al., from leopardus, from λεόπαρδος, from λέων + πάρδος

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Leopardnoun

    A spotted beast of prey.

    Etymology: leo and pardus, Latin.

    Sheep run not half so tim’rous from the wolf,
    Or horse or oxen from the leopard,
    As you fly from your oft-subdued slaves. William Shakespeare, Hen. VI.

    A leopard is every way, in shape and actions, like a cat: his head, teeth, tongue, feet, claws, tail, all like a cat’s: he boxes with his fore-feet, as a cat doth her kittens; leaps at the prey, as a cat at a mouse; and will also spit much after the same manner: so that they seem to differ, just as a kite doth from an eagle. Nehemiah Grew, Musæum.

    Before the king tame leopards led the way,
    And troops of lions innocently play. Dryden.


  1. Leopard

    The leopard (Panthera pardus) is one of the five extant species in the genus Panthera, a member of the cat family, Felidae. It occurs in a wide range in sub-Saharan Africa, in some parts of Western and Central Asia, Southern Russia, and on the Indian subcontinent to Southeast and East Asia. It is listed as Vulnerable on the IUCN Red List because leopard populations are threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation, and are declining in large parts of the global range. The leopard is considered locally extinct in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Jordan, Morocco, Togo, the United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Kuwait, Syria, Libya, Tunisia and most likely in North Korea, Gambia, Laos, Lesotho, Tajikistan, Vietnam and Israel. Contemporary records suggest that the leopard occurs in only 25% of its historical global range.Compared to other wild cats, the leopard has relatively short legs and a long body with a large skull. Its fur is marked with rosettes. It is similar in appearance to the jaguar (Panthera onca), but has a smaller, lighter physique, and its rosettes are generally smaller, more densely packed and without central spots. Both leopards and jaguars that are melanistic are known as black panthers. The leopard is distinguished by its well-camouflaged fur, opportunistic hunting behaviour, broad diet, strength, and its ability to adapt to a variety of habitats ranging from rainforest to steppe, including arid and montane areas. It can run at speeds of up to 58 km/h (36 mph; 16 m/s). The earliest known leopard fossils excavated in Europe are estimated 600,000 years old, dating to the late Early Pleistocene. Leopard fossils have also been found in Sumatra, Taiwan and Japan.


  1. leopard

    A leopard is a large, carnivorous feline species native to the African and Asian continents, scientifically known as Panthera pardus. Recognized by its yellowish-brown fur and distinctive black spots, the leopard is known for its strength and agility, including the ability to climb trees. It’s one of the five extant species in the genus Panthera, alongside lions, tigers, jaguars and snow leopards. Leopards are solitary animals known for their nocturnal habits and diverse diet, making them top predators in different types of ecosystems.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Leopardnoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [OE. leopart, leparde, lebarde, libbard, OF. leopard, liepart, F. lopard, L. leopardus, fr. Gr. leo`pardos; le`wn lion + pa`rdos pard. See Lion, and Pard.]


  1. Leopard

    The leopard is a member of the Felidae family with a wide range in some parts of Africa and tropical Asia, from Siberia, South and West Asia to across most of sub-Saharan Africa. It is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red List because it is declining in large parts of its range due to habitat loss and fragmentation, and hunting for trade and pest control. It is regionally extinct in Hong Kong, Singapore, Kuwait, Syrian Arab Republic, Libya and Tunisia. The leopard is the smallest of the four "big cats" in the genus Panthera. Compared to other members of the Felidae, the leopard has relatively short legs and a long body with a large skull. It is similar in appearance to the jaguar, but is smaller and more slightly built. Its fur is marked with rosettes similar to those of the jaguar, but the leopard's rosettes are smaller and more densely packed, and do not usually have central spots as the jaguars do. Both leopards and jaguars that are melanistic are known as black panthers. The species' success in the wild is in part due to its opportunistic hunting behavior, its adaptability to habitats, its ability to run at speeds approaching 58 kilometres per hour, its unequaled ability to climb trees even when carrying a heavy carcass, and its notorious ability for stealth. The leopard consumes virtually any animal that it can hunt down and catch. Its habitat ranges from rainforest to desert terrains.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Leopard

    lep′ard, n. an animal of the cat kind, with a spotted skin, now generally supposed to be identical with the panther:—fem. Leop′ardess: (her.) a lion passant gardant. [O. Fr.,—L.,—Gr. leopardosleōn, lion, pardos, pard.]

Editors Contribution

  1. leopard

    A type of animal.

    Some types of leopard are a gold-yellow color with a black design on its fur, some are black only in color.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 3, 2016  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Leopard is ranked #14409 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Leopard surname appeared 2,074 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 1 would have the surname Leopard.

    95.5% or 1,982 total occurrences were White.
    1.8% or 39 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.8% or 18 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.6% or 14 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 12 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.4% or 9 total occurrences were Black.

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  1. paroled

  2. preload

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of leopard in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of leopard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of leopard in a Sentence

  1. Andrew Nosal:

    What that suggests is that olfaction participates in shark navigation, at least leopard shark navigation. There seems to be other cues that they are using to supplement olfactory cues. there is a lot of work that still needs to be done. This is only the first step.

  2. Saltanat Seitova:

    We got this little leopard with a gunshot wound, an operation was carried out and 18 shotgun pellets were removed, mainly from his forehead, eyes and sinuses.

  3. Dwight Scott:

    While we await the results of tests to determine if the snow leopard is positive for the virus that causes COVID-19, we can assure you the snow leopard and the Amur leopards who share his habitat are receiving excellent care, our veterinary teams and wildlife care specialists at both the Zoo and Safari Park are highly skilled, dedicated professionals who work tirelessly to ensure the well-being of the wildlife in our care.

  4. Singh Chouhan:

    Singh Chouhan wasn't very injured but the leopard's teeth had sunk into Singh Chouhan. Singh Chouhan was admitted to a hospital and Singh Chouhan is completely fine now.

  5. Seu Luiz:

    Anybody who's been in the leopard's mouth is real happy right here.

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