a swift, long-legged cat (Acinonyx jubatus) of Africa and S Asia, with a small head, nonretractile claws, and a black-spotted coat: it can be trained to hunt
Origin of cheetahHindi ch?t?, leopard ; from Sanskrit chitraka, spotted ; from chitra, spot: see chintz
A long-legged, swift-running wild cat (Acinonyx jubatus) of Africa and southwest Asia, having tawny, black-spotted fur and nonretractile claws. The cheetah, the fastest animal on land, can run for short distances at about 96 kilometers (60 miles) per hour.
Origin of cheetahHindi c&imacron;ta, from Sanskrit citrakaya&hlowdot;, tiger, leopard : citra-, variegated + kaya&hlowdot;, body; see kwei-2 in Indo-European roots.