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catamount

[kat-uh-mount]
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noun
  1. a wild animal of the cat family, especially the cougar or the lynx.
  2. catamountain.
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Origin of catamount

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

Historical Examples

  • 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

  • The catamount had shifted his position, and the boys saw him plainly.

    The Camp in the Snow

    William Murray Graydon

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

    The Camp in the Snow

    William Murray Graydon

  • Here come the wolves, and the catamount is growling like fury.

    The Camp in the Snow

    William Murray Graydon


British Dictionary definitions for catamount

catamount

catamountain

noun
  1. any of various medium-sized felines, such as the puma or lynx
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Word Origin

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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