From Middle English leopard, leopart, lepard, leperd, from Old French leopard ("leopard"), from Late Latin leopardus ("leopon, lipard") from late Ancient Greek λεόπαρδος ("leopon, lipard"), from λέων + πάρδος, from earlier πάρδαλις, probably from an unattested Old Persian term ancestral to Middle Persian palang, Khwarezmian plyk, Sogdian, Pashto پړانګ. Compare Persian پلنگ and Sanskrit पृदाकु ("panther").
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