Webster 1913 Edition
πάνθηρ, prob. fr. Skr.
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.
In America, the name is applied to the puma, or cougar, and sometimes to the jaguar.
a spotted East Indian cowry (
Cypræa pantherina); – so called from its color.
Webster 1828 Edition