a large spotted feline of tropical America similar to the leopard; in some classifications considered a member of the genus Felis
source: WordNet 3.0
A large and powerful feline animal (Felis onca), ranging from Texas and Mexico to Patagonia. It is usually brownish yellow, with large, dark, somewhat angular rings, each generally inclosing one or two dark spots. It is chiefly arboreal in its habits. Called also the American tiger.