Cheetah vs. Leopard

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Main Difference

The main difference between Cheetah and Leopard is that the Cheetah is a large feline of the genus Acinonyx and Leopard is a species of mammal.

  • Cheetah (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.

  • Leopard (noun)

    Panthera pardus, a large wild cat with a spotted coat native to Africa and Asia, especially the male of the species .

  • Leopard (noun)

    The clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa), a similar-looking large wild cat native to Asia.

  • Leopard (noun)

    The snow leopard (Panthera uncia), a similar-looking large wild cat native to Asia.

  • Leopard (noun)

    A lion passant guardant.

  • Cheetah (noun)

    A species of leopard (Cynælurus jubatus) tamed and used for hunting in India. The woolly cheetah of South Africa is Cynælurus laneus. It runs very fast in short spurts while hunting.

  • Leopard (noun)

    A large, savage, carnivorous mammal (Felis leopardus). It is of a yellow or fawn color, with rings or roselike clusters of black spots along the back and sides. It is found in Southern Asia and Africa. By some the panther (Felis pardus) is regarded as a variety of leopard.

Webster Dictionary
  • Cheetah (noun)

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

  • Leopard (noun)

    the pelt of a leopard

  • Leopard (noun)

    large feline of African and Asian forests usually having a tawny coat with black spots

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