Definition of Cheetah

1. Noun. Long-legged spotted cat of Africa and southwestern Asia having nonretractile claws; the swiftest mammal; can be trained to run down game.

Exact synonyms: Acinonyx Jubatus, Chetah
Generic synonyms: Big Cat, Cat
Group relationships: Acinonyx, Genus Acinonyx

Definition of Cheetah

1. n. A species of leopard (Cynælurus jubatus) tamed and used for hunting in India. The woolly cheetah of South Africa is C. laneus.

Definition of Cheetah

1. Noun. A distinctive member (''Acinonyx jubatus'') of the cat family , slightly smaller than the leopard, but with proportionately longer limbs and a smaller head; it is native to Africa and also credited with being the fastest terrestrial animal. ¹

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Definition of Cheetah

1. a swift-running wildcat [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cheetah

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cheesy pus
cheetah (current term)
chef's salad
chef d'oeuvre
chef de partie
chef salad
chef salads

Literary usage of Cheetah

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopaedia of Sport by Frederick George Aflalo, Hedley Peek (1897)
"The cheetah, or Hunting Leopard, is a member of the great Cat-family ... The cheetah occurs throughout Africa and South-Western Asia from Persia to the ..."

2. The Cat: An Introduction to the Study of Backboned Animals, Especially Mammals by St. George Jackson Mivart (1900)
"Mr. Jerdon has observed it, when let loose after the game, crouch The pupil is round when contracted.! Fig. 183—SKULL OF THE cheetah (( ..."

3. The Antiquary by Edward Walford, John Charles Cox, George Latimer Apperson (1880)
"Fancy a cheetah-like warrior, clad in a lion's skin, alias a captain's badge, roused by the taunts of Doll, and then being rushed downstairs in abject fear ..."

4. Wild Game in Zambezia by Reginald Charles Fulke Maugham (1914)
"The cheetah is not quite so long or so sinuous, while at the same time he is ... The cheetah possesses a small shapely head, large luminous eyes, ..."

5. The Large and Small Game of Bengal and the North-western Provinces of India by John Henry Baldwin (1877)
"THE cheetah, though classed among the cats, differs from the rest of the feline race in one or two material points. It has been described by some writers as ..."

6. Proceedings of the Royal Irish Academy by Royal Irish Academy (1883)
"THE following facts, relative to the myology of the cheetah, are founded T. the examination of a specimen which Professors Macalister und ..."

7. Literary News by L. Pylodet, Augusta Harriet (Garrigue) Leypoldt (1896)
""They won't let him play," volunteered the Gopher, " because he's a cheetah." All this Urne there was much bustle and preparation going on in the middle of ..."

8. On the South African Frontier: The Adventures and Observations of an by William Harvey Brown (1899)
"... to Secure the Mother cheetah—Game-Pits —Appearance of the Veld—The Approach of Spring- Chasing Sable Antelope—Fort Charter—Former Matabele Depredations ..."

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