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panther

panther, name commonly applied to the leopard , especially to a black leopard. It is also used locally to designate various other cats including the jaguar and the puma . In animal systematics the generic name Panthera is given to all the big roaring cats—the lion , tiger , and leopard—as well as to the jaguar and, in some systems, the snow leopard.

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