Pard
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Source: British Library Digital Catalogue of Illuminated Manuscripts Copyright Copyright 2004 British Library / Used by permission Manuscript description British Library, Harley MS 3244, Folio 37r


 

Pard

Latin name: Pardus

Other names:

A swift and deadly beast that kills with a single leap

 

 
General Attributes

The pard has a spotted coat, and is extremely swift. It kills its prey with a single leap. The offspring of a pard and a lion is the leopard.


Sources (chronological order)

Isidore of Seville [7th century CE] (Etymologies, Book 12, 2:10-11): The pard, a beast of many colors, is very swift, likes blood, and kills with a leap. The adulterous mating of the pard with a lion (leo) produces degenerate offspring, the leopard.


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