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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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  • "This maiden, she is a kin to the puma of the mountains," he announced.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • But his feelings were very different when the red body of the puma came in sight.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • The puma ranges throughout the country, as he does much further south; while the jaguar also appears amid the forests and plains.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • She recognised in the puma—as in others of his race—a deadly enemy.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • The puma utters a fierce growl—it turns upon itself—the arrow is crushed between its teeth.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • Even the roar of an alligator or the cry of a puma could not have kept me awake.

    In the Wilds of Florida W.H.G. Kingston
  • The dog flew at the infuriated beast, but one blow from the puma's paw silenced him for ever.

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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