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A pard from the Aberdeen Bestiary manuscript.

A pard is a legendary animal that is listed in Medieval bestiaries. They were felines with spotted coats and were extremely fast (reminiscent of a cheetah). They were believed to mate with lions to produce leopards.[1]


The English noun pard derives from Middle English parde, from Old French via Latin pardus, from Greek πάρδος párdos ("male panther"). The word pard is probably of Iranian origin; akin to Sogdian purdhank.[2] and Persian پلنگ Palang.


  1. "Pard". The Medieval Bestiary. http://bestiary.ca/beasts/beast116.htm. Retrieved 2008-12-28. 
  2. The Free Dictionary - Pard