- giant panda
- lesser panda
- panda car
Origin of pandaFrench from name in Nepal, apparently origin, originally for the lesser panda
- A bear (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) of the mountains of central China, having woolly fur with distinctive black and white markings. Also called giant panda . Also called panda bear .
- An arboreal raccoonlike mammal (Ailurus fulgens) of northeast Asia, having reddish fur, white face markings, and a long ringed tail. Also called lesser panda . Also called red panda .
Origin of pandaFrench panda (originally) red panda (now also giant panda), technical zoological name introduced in 1825 by Georges Léopold Cuvier probably from shortening and alteration of a local term for the red panda in Nepal nigálya-pónya cited in early British accounts of the animal nigálya- akin to Nepali nināle relating to the bamboo species Drepanostachyum falcatum, red panda (which eats such bamboo) ponya ( meaning uncertain; perhaps akin to Nepali pau&mlowdot;jā paw ) ( from alteration, influenced by panjā claws ) ( of earlier pau&mlowdot;co ) ( akin to Hindi pahu&mlowdot;cā forearm, wrist ) ( from Middle Indic pahuñca ) ( of unknown origin)
- (now rare without qualifying word) The red panda, a small raccoon-like animal, Ailurus fulgens of northeast Asia with reddish fur and a long, ringed tail. [from 19th c.]
- The giant panda - a black and white bear-like animal, Ailuropoda melanoleuca from the mountains of China. [from 19th c.]
- (UK, colloquial) A police car. [from 20th c.]
From French panda, apparently from a local language of Nepal but not traced in Nepali.
panda - Computer Definition
(1) A family of security software from Panda Security, Bilbao, Spain (www.pandasecurity.com). Among other products, it offers a cloud-based antivirus program that collects malware data from all of its users that are passed on to the rest of the Panda community within a few minutes. See antivirus.
(2) A periodic set of changes to the Google search algorithm. See Google algorithm.
(3) (Panda Project) See Archistrat computer.