Definition of ocelot in English:


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  • 1A medium-sized wild cat that has a tawny yellow coat marked with black blotches and spots, and ranges from southern Texas through South America.

    Felis pardalis, family Felidae

    ‘He doesn't have big teeth so he wouldn't be able to protect himself against eagles, jaguars, and ocelots in central South America.’
    • ‘Clearly, bobcats could survive hunting pressures better than margays and ocelots.’
    • ‘We were studying ocelots at the time and needed chickens to lure the cats into our traps.’
    • ‘Near a remote salina, a brackish water hole, the tracks of ocelots and lesser anteaters dimpled the shoreline.’
    • ‘We estimate that fewer than 100 ocelots remain in the U.S., all in south Texas.’
    • ‘For a small donation, people receive an information packet and can ‘adopt’ one of the radio-collared ocelots.’
    • ‘His property is ideal because it's next to the wildlife refuge that's home to the 100 ocelots remaining in the region.’
    • ‘This is an ocelot from Central and South America.’
    • ‘Roadkill has knocked an endangered cat, the ocelot, down to about 80 individuals in the U.S.’
    • ‘In fact, he had a lion, an ocelot, and a boa constrictor during his playing days.’
    • ‘They say it's like the link between the small ocelot and the large cats like the lion and tiger.’
    • ‘This spring, enjoy the sound of success - the low purr of a rare ocelot kitten.’
    • ‘He paces the bow, cramped as it is, like the caged ocelot or the little peccary leashed to a cleat.’
    • ‘And the black girl had been watching her with the unblinking intensity of an ocelot ever since taking her position.’
    • ‘She walked over to Seria, a large ocelot, who began purring as she came near.’
    • ‘As Erian had said, just as the ocelot ran off into the forest the poachers came at him, four of them.’
    • ‘I had an amazing few weeks in the rainforest with him, being shown the forest through an ocelot's eyes.’
    • ‘Durst, who once nourished his profile by toting an ocelot, would sell his clubs as soon as they got popular.’
    • ‘An ocelot has eyes on its skin, but that is purely coincidental; the word comes from the Nahuatl word ocelotl, a jaguar.’
    • ‘After about ten minutes, the little ocelot returns with two plates full of steaming meat and vegetables.’
    1. 1.1The fur of the ocelot.
      • ‘It is quite possible that TR, were he alive today, would be the proud owner of a gargantuan SUV with a custom interior made out of ocelot hide.’



/ˈäsəˌlät/ /ˈɑsəˌlɑt/ /ˈōsəˌlät/ /ˈoʊsəˌlɑt/


Late 18th century from French, from Nahuatl tlatlocelotl, literally ‘field tiger’.