lesser panda


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lesser panda

n.
See panda.

lesser panda

n
(Animals) See panda2

pan•da

(ˈpæn də)

n., pl. -das.
1. Also called giant panda. a white-and-black bearlike mammal, Ailuropoda melanoleuca, now restricted to Central China, where it feeds mainly on bamboo: classified either as a bear or as a raccoon, or more generally the sole member of its own family, the Ailuropodidae.
2. Also called lesser panda, red panda. a reddish brown, raccoonlike mammal, Ailurus fulgens, of the Himalayas and adjacent regions, feeding mainly on bamboo and other vegetation: usu. classified as the only Old World member of the raccoon family.
[1825–35; < French (Cuvier), a name for the lesser panda, perhaps < a Tibeto-Burman language of the SE Himalayas]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lesser panda - reddish-brown Old World raccoon-like carnivorelesser panda - reddish-brown Old World raccoon-like carnivore; in some classifications considered unrelated to the giant pandas
procyonid - plantigrade carnivorous mammals
Ailurus, genus Ailurus - lesser pandas
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Being quite small in size compared to the giant panda, the red panda is also referred to as the lesser panda.
The red panda, sometimes referred to as the lesser panda when compared to the black and white giant panda indigenous to south-central China, was last seen Monday afternoon at 5 p.
The red panda, also called the Firefox or Lesser Panda, is slightly larger than a domestic cat and feeds on bamboo.