Jaguar definition

jăgwär, jăgyo͝o-är
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The largest New World predatory cat (Panthera onca), yellowish with black spots, found from SW U.S. to Argentina.
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A carnivorous spotted large cat native to South and Central America, Panthera onca.
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A large feline mammal (Panthera onca) of Mexico, Central America, and South America, closely related to the leopard and having a tawny coat spotted with black rosettes.
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The code name for Version 10.2 of Mac OS X. Previous Cheetah and Puma code names were used internally, but Apple began "animal branding" with Version 10.2 in 2002 that included Jaguar-skin markings on the boxes. Versions 10.3 and 10.4 were Panther and Tiger respectively. See Mac OS X.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
jaguar
Plural:
jaguars

Origin of jaguar

  • Spanish Portuguese from Guaraní jaguá, yaguar dog

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Via Portuguese, from Old Tupi jaguara.

    From Wiktionary