I’ve been looking for it and haven’t found a clear answer, for example “豹” appears as panther in some pages but in others that translates to leopard, I’ve also seen “豹属” as panther

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    Panther is a word that doesn't even have a very precise meaning in colloquial English either. Many big cats (and many of which are not native to Asia) are called panthers.
    – Leebo
    Mar 16, 2022 at 12:19
  • Is it the same thing as the mountain lion?
    – aguijonazo
    Mar 16, 2022 at 13:39
  • @aguijonazo: I've never heard mountain lions referred to as "panthers", but a quick Google search suggests they can be.
    – istrasci
    Mar 16, 2022 at 17:46

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A short answer is that you could use 豹 if you mean the animal with round spots on its skin.

A dictionary says that leopard and panther are synonymous while this website claims that panthers are black(ish).

In Japanese, 豹 is a species under the genus 豹属. Normally 豹 makes us think of spotted yellow skin (e.g. ヒョウ柄) and there is a specific word 黒豹 to refer to black leopards/panthers. So as a name of the species, 豹 corresponds to the English leopard. If you mean black leopards by panther, then there is no common single kanji for it.

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