1. <zoology> A large dark-coloured variety of the leopard, by some zoologists considered a distinct species. It is marked with large ringlike spots, the centers of which are darker than the colour of the body.
Origin: OE. Pantere, F. Panthere, L. Panthera, Gr, prob. Fr. Skr. Pundrika a tiger.
(01 Mar 1998)
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