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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
giant panda
Panda car
▪ They shot a giant panda asleep under a tree.
▪ It was cooked by a woman, or something that looked like a woman but could have been a giant panda.
▪ A plainclothes policeman got leisurely out of the panda car and walked across the road to them.
Car rammed: A policeman was injured last night when burglars rammed a panda car.
▪ Female speaker Where are the pandas.
▪ He designed our famous panda logo and was our first Chairman.
▪ In 1970 a large area of bamboo flowered and died resulting in many deaths through starvation in the panda population.
▪ It was cooked by a woman, or something that looked like a woman but could have been a giant panda.
▪ The panda is a shy creature, not used to being in contact with other animals, particularly humans.
▪ The popular image of a panda munching a piece of bamboo is the one I have chosen for this month's design.
▪ There were teddy bears and pandas seemingly fighting for a place in an armchair.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

panda \pan"da\ (p[a^]n"d[.a]), n. (Zo["o]l.)

  1. A small Asiatic mammal ( Ailurus fulgens) having fine soft fur, which inhabits the mountains of Northern India. It was once thought to be related to the bears, but is now believed to be more closely related to raccoons. It has reddish-brown fur on the back and sides, and black fur on the legs and underside. Called also the lesser panda.

  2. The giant panda ( Ailuropoda melanoleuca), a bearlike black-and white mammal now found wild only in the central forests of China, which lives mainly on on bamboo. It is an endangered species, and is a popular attraction in the few zoos which have bveen able to obtain specimens.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1835, from French, apparently from the Nepalese name of a raccoon-like mammal (lesser panda) found there. First reference to the Giant Panda is from 1901; since its discovery in 1869 by French missionary Armand David (1826-1900) it had been known as parti-colored bear, but the name was changed after the zoological relationship to the red panda was established.


n. 1 (context now rare without qualifying word English) The red panda, a small raccoon-like animal, ''Ailurus fulgens'' of northeast Asia with reddish fur and a long, ringed tail. (from 19th c.) 2 The giant panda – a black and white bear-like animal, ''Ailuropoda melanoleuca'' from the mountains of China. (from 19th c.) 3 (context UK colloquial English) A police car. (from 20th c.)

  1. n. large black-and-white herbivorous mammal of bamboo forests of China and Tibet; in some classifications considered a member of the bear family or of a separate family Ailuropodidae [syn: giant panda, panda bear, coon bear, Ailuropoda melanoleuca]

  2. reddish-brown Old World raccoon-like carnivore; in some classifications considered unrelated to the giant pandas [syn: lesser panda, red panda, bear cat, cat bear, Ailurus fulgens]

Panda (disambiguation)

The giant panda is an animal in the bear family (Ursidae).

Panda may also refer to:

  • Red panda, the only living member in the family Ailuridae
Panda (musician)

Pieter Hooghoudt (born April 14, 1986), known by his stage name Panda, a Dutch electronic music artist living in Amsterdam, specializing in Drum and Bass. He gained an interest in electronic music in his teenage years. He was inspired to write electronic music after seeing a live performance by an electronic music act in his birthplace Nijmegen. Panda’s tracks have been aired on all premier drum & bass radio stations including BBC Radio 1 and many major drum and bass performers have played Panda’s music in clubs.

Panda (band)

Panda (later stylized as Pxndx) is a Mexican Rock band formed in Monterrey, Nuevo León in 1996 as part of the musical movement known as Avanzada Regia. The band caught local attention in 2001 with the album Arroz con leche, and mainstream success on their albums Para ti con desprecio (2005) and Amantes Sunt Amentes (2007).

Panda (Finnish company)

Panda Oy is a Finnish confectionery company based in Vaajakoski, Jyväskylä. The company was founded in 1920 by SOK (Suomen Osuuskauppojen Keskuskunta). Panda is known for its liquorice and chocolate products.

In 2005, the company was sold to Felix Abba, which is part of the Norwegian Orkla Group.

Panda (comics)

Panda was a Dutch comic strip series, created by Marten Toonder. After Tom Poes it was his second most successful and well known comic strip and very popular in foreign translations. It debuted in 1946 and ran until 1991.

Panda (song)

"Panda" is the debut single by American rapper Desiigner. The song premiered on December 15, 2015, and was released for digital download on the iTunes Store as a single, before being re-released on February 23, 2016. The song was written by Desiigner and its producer Menace. "Panda" was heavily sampled by Desiigner's fellow GOOD Music label-mate and founder Kanye West, for "Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2", a song on West's seventh studio album The Life of Pablo, and inspired a number of remixes. The single topped the US Billboard Hot 100 at the end of April 2016. An official video was released on May 10, 2016. The song has been nominated for best hip-hop video at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards.

Usage examples of "panda".

As it chanced, the great fight of the day, that of the regiment of veterans, which Sir Melmoth informed me Panda had sent down at the last moment to the assistance of Umbelazi, his favourite son, took place almost at the foot of this kopje.

And, Macumazahn, Bangu is in ill favour with Panda, whom he defies in his mountain, and I have a promise--never mind how--that he who kills him will be called to no account and may keep his cattle.

Now Panda reigns, the last of the sons of Senzangakona, my enemy, Panda the Fool, and I hold my hand from Panda because he tried to save the life of a child of mine whom Chaka slew.

But Panda has sons who are as Chaka was, and against them I work as I worked against those who went before them.

Well, he will slay Bangu, who now has quarrelled with Panda, and a woman will come into the story, one Mameena, and that woman will bring about war between the sons of Panda, and from this war shall spring the ruin of the Zulus, for he who wins will be an evil king to them and bring down on them the wrath of a mightier race.

So you see you were spared, Macumazahn, and afterwards you helped to pour out a curse upon Dingaan without becoming a ghost, which is the reason why Panda likes you so well to-day, Panda, the enemy of Dingaan, his brother.

Meanwhile Panda has sent for the hides which he demanded of me to be made into shields, and I have been obliged to kill twenty-five of my beasts to provide them--that is, of my own and of those of my headmen.

Now, if the old king, Panda, should chance to die, she would ask me, which of his sons did I think would succeed him--Umbelazi or Cetewayo, or another?

Well, we think that a time may come when we who live on shrubs like goats may again browse on tree-tops like giraffes, for Panda is no strong king, and he has sons who hate each other, one of whom may need our spears.

Indeed, I only mention the matter to show that Masapo was plotting to bring trouble on the ruling house, whereof Panda was the representative at that time.

Outside this kraal there are other hyenas waiting who call me chief--a hundred or two of them--assembled for a certain purpose by the royal leave of King Panda, whose House, as we all know, you hate.

What will Panda, King of the Zulus, say to you, and to me also, who stir up war in his country?

Well, Panda the King has sent me to you, at the request of Saduko there, with a message.

Now I, Panda, unlike those who went before me, am a man of peace who do not wish to light the fire of civil war in the land, for who knows where such fires will stop, or whose kraals they will consume?

Moreover, all these walls had been strengthened recently, perhaps because Bangu was aware that Panda looked upon him, a northern chief dwelling on the confines of his dominions, with suspicion and even active enmity, as he was also no doubt aware Panda had good cause to do.