- a small tiger cat, Felis tigrina, of tropical America: now rare.
Origin of margay
1775–85; < French (Buffon), alteration of margaia < Portuguese maracajá < Tupi marakaya
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Examples from the Web for margay
We may see the ocelot skulking through the deep shade, or the margay springing upon its winged prey.The Forest Exiles
Fritz presented us each with a neat case of margay skin to hang at our girdles.
I should say this was a margay, and it would have proved a cruel foe, not only of our poultry, but also of our sheep and goats.
The animal called the margay is really a kind of small ocelot, and it is sometimes known as the tiger-cat.The Animal World, A Book of Natural History
Fritz was engaged in preparing the skin of the margay, with more care than Jack had shown with that of the jackal.The Swiss Family Robinson; or Adventures in a Desert Island
Johann David Wyss
- a feline mammal, Felis wiedi, of Central and South America, having a dark-striped coat
C18: from French, from Tupi mbaracaiá