One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large heavily built cat that has a yellowish-brown coat with black spots, found mainly in the dense forests of Central and South America.
- ‘We had reached Mexico's Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, home to jaguarundis, ocelots, margays, pumas, and jaguars.’
- ‘The big cats you find outside Africa include tiger, jaguar, leopard, cougar and Iberian lynx.’
- ‘In size and marking it looks very much like a leopard, although the jaguar is the much heavier animal, weighing up to 34 kg.’
- ‘Both leopards and jaguars have a similar brownish yellow base fur colour, which is distinctively marked with dark rosette markings.’
- ‘In the event that it decides to develop the area, there will be serious risks to the health and long-term survival of the region which is home to jaguars, pumas, tapirs and many more endangered species.’
Early 17th century: from Portuguese, from Tupi-Guarani yaguára.
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