Main definitions of panda in English

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panda1

(also giant panda)

noun

  • A large bear-like mammal with characteristic black-and-white markings, native to certain mountain forests in China. It feeds almost entirely on bamboo and has become increasingly rare.

    See also red panda
    • ‘One of the world's rarest animals, the giant panda lives in the sub-alpine forests in the west central region of China.’
    • ‘At the end of last year, China had 163 pandas in captivity and an estimated 1,590 in the wild.’
    • ‘This means there could be many more pandas throughout China than previously estimated.’
    • ‘Each country was also represented by a small symbol, such as a fleur-de-lis for France, a water buffalo for Vietnam, a panda bear for China, and so on.’
    • ‘For example, carnivorous mammals' descendants that now shun meat include honey badgers, bamboo-eating pandas, and termite-slurping aardwolves.’
    • ‘According to Xinhua, China's state news agency, this year more pandas have already been born in captivity than in any other year on record.’
    • ‘They are examining the effect of panda foraging on bamboo.’
    • ‘A special factory making bamboo-shaped high-fibre biscuits has been built to feed 30 pandas at a breeding centre in Chengdu, China.’
    • ‘During the cold war, China famously gave pandas as tokens of goodwill, leading to the term ‘panda diplomacy’ being coined.’
    • ‘Feeding mostly on bamboo, fruits, and insects, the pandas are native to mountains in China and the Himalaya - where they are better known for skittering up trees than standing at attention.’
    • ‘A new study calls for the swift expansion of some of China's great panda reserves.’
    • ‘Most recently he visited the Wolong Nature Reserve in China to photograph pandas.’
    • ‘The latest field survey showed that the number of pandas in Qinling Mountain area in North China has kept increasing as their habitat improves.’
    • ‘The pandas will adapt well to Taiwan, because its climate is similar to that of southern China and the island grows bamboo that the pandas can eat.’
    • ‘They can then use captive-bred pandas to increase the numbers where needed.’
    • ‘The births have boosted China's number of captive pandas to over 180.’
    • ‘Researchers would then calculate the optimum panda population for the region, using captive-bred pandas to increase numbers where needed.’
    • ‘Bamboo is critically important for pandas, and knowing the amount of energy available from it in panda habitats, especially fragmented ones, could prove to be crucial to survival of the species, he said.’
    • ‘In the wild, about 1,600 pandas roam forests scattered across six mountain ranges in southwestern China.’
    • ‘The term ‘endangered species’ typically conjures up images of charismatic animals - tigers, pandas, orang-utans, whales, condors.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Nepali.

Pronunciation:

panda

/ˈpandə/

Main definitions of panda in English

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panda2

noun

  • A Brahmin expert in genealogy, who provides religious guidance and acts as a family priest.

    • ‘Here these pandas and pujaris control everything in and around the temples and cause serious harm to the devotees congregating at the temples.’
    • ‘Innumerable pandas and pujaris await the pilgrims to help them with their worship.’
    • ‘Interestingly, this temple has a panda named Babu Mishra who caters exclusively to the politicians, who visit the temple.’
    • ‘Here, ancestral Brahmin priests - or pandas - give blessings with holy water and fill in records of family genealogies.’
    • ‘The pandas will accommodate these requests by drawing outlines of temples in the sand, placing earthen lamps upon them and ceremoniously offering fruits and flowers while chanting the family's names.’

Origin

Via Hindi from Sanskrit paṇḍita learned, wise.

Pronunciation:

panda

/ˈpandə/