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Leopard


Leopard (Heb. nâmêr) is invariably given by the DAV as the translation of the Hebrew word, which occurs in the seven following passages: Song. 4:8; Isa. 11:6; Jer. 5:6; 13:23; Dan. 7:6; Hos. 13:7; Hab. 1:8. Leopard occurs also in Ecclus. 28:23 and in Rev. 13:2. From Song. 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 nâmêr, 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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The Syrian Leopard.