Leopard in Smiths Bible Dictionary

(Heb. namer) is invariably given by the Authorized Version as the translation of the Hebrew word, which occurs in the seven following passages: So 4:8; Isa 11:6; Jer 5:6; 13:23; Da 7:6; Ho 13:7; Habb 1:8 Leopard occurs also in Ecclus. 28:23 and in Re 13:2 From So 4:8 we learn that the hilly ranges of Lebanon were in ancient times frequented by these animals. They are now not uncommonly seen in and about Lebanon and the southern maritime mountains of Syria. Under the name namer, which means "spotted," it is not improbable that another animal, namely the cheetah (Gueparda jubata), may be included; which is tamed by the Mohammedans of Syria, who employ it in hunting the gazelle.

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