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A large, spotted cat (Panthera pardus) native to Africa and Asia. Leopards usually have yellowish skin with dark spots. A black variety, called a black panther, is found in Asia. Their furs have not widely been used commercially although their skins are often prepared as hunting trophies. Some leopard species, such as the amur leopard and the barbary leopard, are critically endangered.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Panthera pardus; panther; Leopard (Dan., Deut., Nor., Sven.); leopardo (Esp., Port.); léopard (Fr.); luipaard (Ned.); panter (Ned.); (Nor.); pantera (Pol.);

Physical and Chemical Properties

Guard hair is short

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Resources and Citations

  • Edward Reich, Carlton J. Siegler, Consumer Goods: How to Know and Use Them, American Book Company, New York City, 1937