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catamount

[ kat-uh-mount ]
/ ˈkæt əˌmaʊnt /
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noun

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

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Origin of catamount

First recorded in 1655–65; short for catamountain
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catamount

catamountain

/ (ˈkætəˌmaʊnt) /

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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