Definition of big cat in English:

big cat

noun

  • Any of the large members of the cat family, including the lion, tiger, leopard, jaguar, snow leopard, clouded leopard, cheetah, and cougar.

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    • ‘Researchers attribute the growing number of cheetah injuries mostly to an increase in big cats hunting on foreign terrain.’
    • ‘The reason that this can happen is that both the lion and the tiger are big cats.’
    • ‘The group is currently working on gaining protection for the lands and developing corridors that suit species from big cats to tiny voles.’
    • ‘She wants to end private ownership of big cats so that sanctuaries like hers will no longer need to rescue animals from poor living conditions.’
    • ‘The big cat - thought to be either a puma or a panther - has been blamed for mauling several sheep after being set loose by a rogue owner who faced prosecution once it was caught, police said.’
    • ‘The big cats largely disappeared from their historic range north of the border because of development and hunting pressures.’
    • ‘He later went to Southeast Asia to study big cats and other endangered large mammals, including clouded leopards.’
    • ‘In the past, with greater tiger numbers, the big cats killed hundreds of people per year.’
    • ‘The expert team returns this year for a week of reports, following the progress of three families of big cats and watching the dramas unfold.’
    • ‘I worked with the big cats, lions, cheetahs, and eventually the tigers.’
    • ‘Boller estimates there may be as many as 400 to 500 lions, tigers, and other big cats in the Houston area alone.’
    • ‘The species deserve the same concern that many people give to whales, dolphins, and big cats, he says.’
    • ‘The big cats you find outside Africa include tiger, jaguar, leopard, cougar and Iberian lynx.’
    • ‘But a new survey suggests that the country may now be home to wild leopards, pumas, and other big cats.’
    • ‘It boasts more than 500 species of birds and 200 of mammals, and there is even a chance of seeing that most elusive of big cats, the jaguar.’
    • ‘Cougar populations dwindled until the 1970s, when the big cat became nearly extinct in the state.’
    • ‘The burgeoning trade in bones and body parts for use in folk medicines threatens tigers and other big cats.’
    • ‘It's not an uncommon fate for villagers who live alongside the big cats in India's tiger reserves.’
    • ‘Of all the big cats, the leopard is the most resourceful.’
    • ‘From there it was more big cats, with the pumas and lions.’

Pronunciation:

big cat

/ˌbiɡ ˈkat/