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[pyoo-muh, poo-] /ˈpyu mə, ˈpu-/
the fur of a cougar.
Origin of puma
1770-80; < Spanish < Quechua Unabridged
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  • Thus she understood that she was become another being, Moke-iche, the puma.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • I do not take what I cannot win by my own labor,' said he; 'there was a puma drove up the game for me.'

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • Then,” remarked Jim, looking: frankly at puma, “that definitely lets us out.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • After a long silence, puma said calmly: “How much you want?”

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • And he turned away toward the door, wondering why puma did not follow.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • No; Mr. puma, who was all art and heart, could not comprehend what Mr. Skidder was driving at.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • Go on,” said puma impatiently, “what else did he say about me?

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for puma


a large American feline mammal, Felis concolor, that resembles a lion, having a plain greyish-brown coat and long tail Also called cougar, mountain lion
Word Origin
C18: via Spanish from Quechuan
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Word Origin and History for puma

1777, from Spanish puma, from Quechua (Peru) puma.

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