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Etymology:

Ultimately from Jeremiah 13:23 of the King James Bible (see Quotations)


Proverb:

a leopard cannot change its spots One cannot change one's own nature. 1597, William Shakespeare, Richard II Act i, Scene 1 (First Folio): King. Lyons make Leopards tame. Mowbray. Yea but not change his spots. 1611, King James Version of the Bible, Jeremiah 13:23: Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? 1820, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe Chapter 32: End now all unkindness. Let us put the Jew to ransom, since the leopard will not change his spots, and a Jew he will continue to be. 1918, Johnston McCulley, Thubway Tham's Inthane Moment: The leopard cannot change his spots, old boy.


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