1. Zool. A large dark-colored variety of the leopard, by some Zoologists considered a distinct species. It is marked with large ringlike spots, the centers of which are darker than the color of the body.
2. Zool. In America, the name is applied to the puma, or cougar, and sometimes to the jaguar.
Panther cat Zool., the ocelot.
Panther cowry Zool., a spotted East Indian cowry (Cypræa pantherina); -- so called from its color.
n 1: a large spotted feline of tropical America similar to the
leopard; in some classifications considered a member of
the genus Felis [syn: jaguar, Panthera onca, Felis
2: a leopard in the black color phase
3: large American feline resembling a lion [syn: cougar, puma,
catamount, mountain lion, painter, Felis concolor]