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A cheetah, Acinonyx jubatus

Etymology

Hindi चीता (cītā) "leopard, panther", ultimately from Sanskrit चित्र (citra) "multicolored, speckled" + काय (kāya) "body", thus "having a spotted body".

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cheetah

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  1. A distinctive member (Acinonyx jubatus) of the cat family , slightly smaller than the leopard, but with proportionately longer limbs and a smaller head; it is native to Africa and also credited with being the fastest terrestrial animal.

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