Usage Ancient Roman
Other Forms FormsLeobardus
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Contributor Contrib.Paradiso36 on 10/1/2019
From the name of the leopard, the famous feline. The hybrid of a lion and a panther, as is reflected in its name, which is a Greek compound of “léōn (λέων)“ (lion) plus “párdos (πάρδοσ)“ (male panther). The Greek word is related to Sanskrit “pṛdāku”, meaning “snake, tiger, panther”, and probably derives from a Mediterranean language, such as Egyptian. Panthera Pardus derives from Latin via Greek pánthēr (πάνθηρ). Folk etymology suggests the composition of pân (πᾶν) (always, all, every, each, whole) plus thí̱r (θήρ) (a wild beast).