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[os-uh-lot, oh-suh-] /ˈɒs əˌlɒt, ˈoʊ sə-/

a spotted leopardlike cat, Felis pardalis, ranging from Texas through South America: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in the U.S.
/ˈɒsɪˌlɒt; ˈəʊ-/
a feline mammal, Felis pardalis, inhabiting the forests of Central and South America and having a dark-spotted buff-brown coat

“large wildcat of Central and South America,” 1775, from French ocelot, a word formed by French naturalist Georges-Louis Leclerc, Comte de Buffon (1707-1788), from Nahuatl ocelotl “jaguar” (in full tlalocelotl, a compound formed with tlalli “field”).


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