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puma

[pyoo-muh, poo-]
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noun
  1. cougar.
  2. the fur of a cougar.
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Origin of puma

1770–80; < Spanish < Quechua
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Related Words

cougarpanthercatamount

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  • Thus she understood that she was become another being, Moke-iche, the puma.

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • I do not take what I cannot win by my own labor,' said he; 'there was a puma drove up the game for me.'

    The Trail Book

    Mary Austin

  • Then,” remarked Jim, looking: frankly at Puma, “that definitely lets us out.

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers

  • After a long silence, Puma said calmly: “How much you want?”

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers

  • And he turned away toward the door, wondering why Puma did not follow.

    The Crimson Tide

    Robert W. Chambers


British Dictionary definitions for puma

puma

noun
  1. a large American feline mammal, Felis concolor, that resembles a lion, having a plain greyish-brown coat and long tailAlso called: cougar, mountain lion
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Word Origin

C18: via Spanish from Quechuan
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Word Origin and History for puma

n.

1777, from Spanish puma, from Quechua (Peru) puma.

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