Etymology
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jaguar (n.)

big spotted cat of the Americas (Felis onca), c. 1600, from Portuguese jaguar, from Tupi jaguara, said in old sources to denote any large beast of prey ["tygers and dogs," in Cullen's translation of Abbe Clavigero's "History of Mexico"]. Compare Tupi jacare "alligator." As a type of stylish British-made car from 1935; in this sense the abbreviation Jag is attested by 1951.

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Definitions of jaguar

jaguar (n.)
a large spotted feline of tropical America similar to the leopard; in some classifications considered a member of the genus Felis;
Synonyms: panther / Panthera onca / Felis onca
From wordnet.princeton.edu