pan"ther(pn"thr), n. [OE. pantere, F. panthre, L. panthera, Gr. pa`nqhr, prob. fr. Skr. pundrka a tiger.]
(Zol.) A large dark-colored variety of the leopard, by some zologists considered a distinct species. It is marked with large ringlike spots, the centers of which are darker than the color of the body.
(Zol.) In America, the name is applied to the puma, or cougar, and sometimes to the jaguar.
(Zol.), the ocelot. --
(Zol.), a spotted East Indian cowry (Cypra pantherina); -- so called from its color.
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