- a wild animal of the cat family, especially the cougar or the lynx.
Origin of catamount
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
A catamount,” replied Jerry, “or Indian Devil, as some call them.
It was as large a catamount as the two Maine lads had ever seen.
Here come the wolves, and the catamount is growling like fury.
- any of various medium-sized felines, such as the puma or lynx
Word Origin for catamount
1660s, shortening of cat-o'-mountain (1610s), from cat of the mountain (early 15c.), a name aplied to various types of wildcat.