Ocelot meaning

ŏsə-lŏt, ōsə-
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A nocturnal wildcat (Leopardus pardalis) of brush and woodland from southwest North America to central South America, having a grayish or yellow coat with black spots.
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Any of various wildcats of North and South America with spots that sometimes appear as stripes when several are close together; esp., a large species (Leopardus pardalis) with a yellow or gray coat marked with black spots.
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An American feline carnivore (Felis pardalis) covered with blackish ocellated spots and blotches which are variously arranged.
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Origin of ocelot

  • French from Nahuatl ocelotl

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

  • From Nahuatl ōcÄ“lōtl (“jaguar").

    From Wiktionary