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Origin of catamount

First recorded in 1655–65; short for catamountain Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for catamount

panther, wildcat, bobcat, puma, catamount, cat, caracal, cougar

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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

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

    The Camp in the Snow

    William Murray Graydon

British Dictionary definitions for catamount



  1. 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

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper