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 citrakāyah tiger, leopard citra- variegated kāyah body ; see kwei-2 in Indo-European roots.