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


Spanish and Portuguese, from Guarani jaguá, yaguar, dog.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Portuguese, either from Guaraní jaguarete or from Old Tupi jaguara. (Wiktionary)



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