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pan•da /ˈpændə/USA pronunciation   n. [countable],pl. -das. 
  1. Mammalsa white-and-black bearlike mammal.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
pan•da  (pandə), 
  1. MammalsAlso called giant panda. a white-and-black, bearlike mammal, Ailuropoda melanoleuca, now rare and restricted to forest areas of central China containing stands of bamboo, on which it mainly subsists: formerly placed with the raccoon family but now classified as a bear subfamily, Ailuropodinae, or as the sole member of a separate family, Ailuropodidae, which diverged from an ancestral bear lineage.
  2. MammalsAlso called lesser panda. a reddish-brown, raccoonlike mammal, Ailurus fulgens, of mountain forests in the Himalayas and adjacent eastern Asia, subsisting mainly on bamboo and other vegetation, fruits, and insects, and reduced in numbers by collectors: now considered unrelated to the giant panda and usually classified as the sole member of an Old World raccoon subfamily, Ailurinae, which diverged from an ancestral lineage that also gave rise to the New World raccoons.
  • a Tibeto-Burman language of the southeastern Himalayas
  • French (Cuvier), a name for the lesser panda, perh.
  • 1825–35

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panda /ˈpændə/ n

  1. Also called: giant panda a large black-and-white herbivorous bearlike mammal, Ailuropoda melanoleuca, related to the raccoons and inhabiting the high mountain bamboo forests of China: family Procyonidae
  2. lesser panda, red pandaa closely related smaller animal resembling a raccoon, Ailurus fulgens, of the mountain forests of S Asia, having a reddish-brown coat and ringed tail
Etymology: 19th Century: via French from a native Nepalese word

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