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 cītā, from Sanskrit citrakāya&hlowdot;, tiger, leopard : citra-, variegated + kāya&hlowdot;, body; see kwei-2 in Indo-European roots.