from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A large feline mammal (Panthera onca) of Central and South America, closely related to the leopard and having a tawny coat spotted with black rosettes.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A carnivorous spotted large cat native to South and Central America. Scientific name: Panthera onca.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A large and powerful feline animal (Panthera onca, formerly Felis onca), ranging from Texas and Mexico to Patagonia. It is usually brownish yellow, with large, dark, somewhat angular rings, each generally inclosing one or two dark spots. It is chiefly arboreal in its habits. It is also called the panther and the American tiger.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A carnivorous mammal, Felisonca, the largest and most formidable feline quadruped of America.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a large spotted feline of tropical America similar to the leopard; in some classifications considered a member of the genus Felis
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I love these videos, because the jaguar is simultaneously acting very much like a cat (playing around) and very much not like a cat (playing in the water).
I think it's the end-stress that lends some words to becoming one syllable - like the word jaguar goes from 'JAG-u-er' to
Now thoroughly assimilated into English, the word jaguar’ is borrowed from Tupi or Lngua Geral, a language once spoken by millions all over Portuguese Brazil and now probably destined to disappear, since no more than a few hundred speakers remain.
When someone is searching for the word "jaguar," Google would have a better idea of whether the person was interested in the animal or the car."
While, this is very cool when looking at something very general like their suggested search "jaguar" -- this is what I get when I type in my own name:
In Mexico, the jaguar has been a popular mythological creature dating to pre-Hispanic times.
If you see a laughing jaguar, that is a kookaburra jaguar!
If you see a flying jaguar, that is an eagle jaguar!
He asked to be a yaguarete, a jaguar-man, because the jaguar was the fiercest beast in the jungle.