catamount

[kat-uh-mount]

noun

a wild animal of the cat family, especially the cougar or the lynx.

Origin of catamount

First recorded in 1655–65; short for catamountain
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Examples from the Web for catamount

Historical Examples of catamount

  • Which I ain't in the habit of bein' took lightly by no catamount.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends

    Alfred Henry Lewis

  • Probably her mother who probably too was the catamount's sister.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • A catamount,” replied Jerry, “or Indian Devil, as some call them.

    The Camp in the Snow

    William Murray Graydon

  • It was as large a catamount as the two Maine lads had ever seen.

    The Camp in the Snow

    William Murray Graydon

  • I can kill a catamount as easy as a deer if I get the chance.

    The Camp in the Snow

    William Murray Graydon



British Dictionary definitions for catamount

catamount

catamountain

noun

any of various medium-sized felines, such as the puma or lynx

Word Origin for catamount

C17: short for cat of the mountain
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Word Origin and History for catamount
n.

1660s, shortening of cat-o'-mountain (1610s), from cat of the mountain (early 15c.), a name aplied to various types of wildcat.

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