Definition of panda in English:


(also giant panda)


  • A large bearlike mammal with characteristic black and white markings, native to certain mountain forests of central and western China. It feeds almost entirely on bamboo and has become increasingly rare.

    See also red panda
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The births have boosted China's number of captive pandas to over 180.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘One of the world's rarest animals, the giant panda lives in the sub-alpine forests in the west central region of China.’
    • ‘For example, carnivorous mammals' descendants that now shun meat include honey badgers, bamboo-eating pandas, and termite-slurping aardwolves.’
    • ‘The latest field survey showed that the number of pandas in Qinling Mountain area in North China has kept increasing as their habitat improves.’
    • ‘Most recently he visited the Wolong Nature Reserve in China to photograph pandas.’
    • ‘At the end of last year, China had 163 pandas in captivity and an estimated 1,590 in the wild.’
    • ‘In the wild, about 1,600 pandas roam forests scattered across six mountain ranges in southwestern China.’
    • ‘They can then use captive-bred pandas to increase the numbers where needed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This means there could be many more pandas throughout China than previously estimated.’
    • ‘Researchers would then calculate the optimum panda population for the region, using captive-bred pandas to increase numbers where needed.’
    • ‘A special factory making bamboo-shaped high-fibre biscuits has been built to feed 30 pandas at a breeding centre in Chengdu, China.’
    • ‘The term ‘endangered species’ typically conjures up images of charismatic animals - tigers, pandas, orang-utans, whales, condors.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘During the cold war, China famously gave pandas as tokens of goodwill, leading to the term ‘panda diplomacy’ being coined.’
    • ‘They are examining the effect of panda foraging on bamboo.’
    • ‘A new study calls for the swift expansion of some of China's great panda reserves.’
    • ‘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.’


Mid 19th century: from Nepali.