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1. (Science: zoology) A large dark-coloured variety of the leopard, by some zoologists considered a distinct species. It is marked with large ringlike spots, the centers of which are darker than the colour of the body.

2. (Science: zoology) In America, the name is applied to the puma, or cougar, and sometimes to the jaguar.

(Science: zoology) Panther cat, a spotted East indian cowry (Cypraea pantherina); so called from its colour.

Origin: OE. Pantere, F. Panthere, L. Panthera, Gr, prob. Fr. Skr. Pundrika a tiger.