- 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
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
The catamount had shifted his position, and the boys saw him plainly.
A catamount,” replied Jerry, “or Indian Devil, as some call them.
Here come the wolves, and the catamount is growling like fury.
- any of various medium-sized felines, such as the puma or lynx
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.
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