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Dictionary Definition



1 a large spotted feline of tropical America similar to the leopard; in some classifications considered a member of the genus Felis [syn: jaguar, Panthera onca, Felis onca]
2 a leopard in the black color phase
3 large American feline resembling a lion [syn: cougar, puma, catamount, mountain lion, painter, Felis concolor]

User Contributed Dictionary



From pantere (modern panthère), from panthera, from πάνθηρ, probably of Oriental origin.


  1. Any of various big cats with black fur; most especially, the black-coated leopard of India.
  2. Any big cat of the genus Panthera.
  3. A cougar; especially the Florida panther.


big cat with black fur
big cat of genus Panthera

Extensive Definition

Panther may refer to:

Large Cats

  • Panthera, the feline genus which contains lions, tigers, leopards and jaguars
  • Panther (in Africa and Asia), the leopard (Panthera pardus)
  • Panther (in North America), the cougar (Puma concolor)
    • Florida panther, a subspecies of cougar (Puma concolor coryi or Puma concolor couguar) found in southern Florida
  • Panther (in South and Central America), the jaguar (Panthera onca)
  • Black panther, a black variant of leopard, cougar or jaguar
  • White panther, a white or very pale variant of leopard, cougar or jaguar
  • Panther (legendary creature), a mythical creature resembling a large multicolored cat


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panther in Czech: Panther (rozcestník)
panther in Danish: Panter (flertydig)
panther in German: Panther
panther in Modern Greek (1453-): Πάνθηρας (αποσαφήνιση)
panther in Spanish: Panther
panther in French: Panthère
panther in Korean: 팬더
panther in Italian: Panther
panther in Dutch: Panther
panther in Japanese: パンター
panther in Polish: Pantera (ujednoznacznienie)
panther in Russian: Пантера (значения)
panther in Simple English: Panther
panther in Swedish: Panther

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Leo, Siberian tiger, bobcat, cat-a-mountain, catamount, cheetah, cougar, jaguar, leopard, lion, lynx, mountain lion, ocelot, painter, puma, simba, tiger, wildcat
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