lesser panda
panda pan"da (p[a^]n"d[.a]), n. (Zo["o]l.) 1. A small Asiatic mammal ({Ailurus fulgens}) having fine soft fur, which inhabits the mountains of Northern India. It was once thought to be related to the bears, but is now believed to be more closely related to raccoons. It has reddish-brown fur on the back and sides, and black fur on the legs and underside. Called also the {lesser panda}. [1913 Webster +PJC]

2. The {giant panda} ({Ailuropoda melanoleuca}), a bearlike black-and white mammal now found wild only in the central forests of China, which lives mainly on on bamboo. It is an endangered species, and is a popular attraction in the few zoos which have bveen able to obtain specimens. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • lesser panda — panda (def. 2). * * * …   Universalium

  • lesser panda — noun A red panda, Ailurus fulgens. Syn: panda …   Wiktionary

  • lesser panda — noun reddish brown Old World raccoon like carnivore; in some classifications considered unrelated to the giant pandas • Syn: ↑red panda, ↑panda, ↑bear cat, ↑cat bear, ↑Ailurus fulgens • Hypernyms: ↑procyonid …   Useful english dictionary

  • lesser panda — noun Date: 1943 red panda …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lesser panda — less′er pan′da n. mam panda 2) …   From formal English to slang

  • lesser panda — /lɛsə ˈpændə/ (say lesuh panduh) noun → red panda …   Australian English dictionary

  • panda — (n.) 1835, from French, apparently from the Nepalese name of a raccoon like mammal (lesser panda) found there. First reference to the Giant Panda is from 1901; since its discovery in 1869 by French missionary Armand David (1826 1900) it had been… …   Etymology dictionary

  • panda — [pan′də] n. [Fr < native name in Nepal] short for: 1. GIANT PANDA 2. LESSER PANDA 3. PANDA CAR …   English World dictionary

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