a. A large wild cat (Panthera pardus) of Africa and southern Asia, having either tawny fur with dark rosettelike markings or black fur.
b. Any of several similar felines, such as the cheetah or the snow leopard.
2. Heraldry A lion in side view, having one forepaw raised and the head facing the observer.
[Middle English, from Old French leupart, from Late Latin leopardus, from Greek leopardos : Greek leōn, lion; see LION + Greek pardos, pard; see PARD.]
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