noun \ˈkü-gər also -ˌgär\

: a large brownish cat that was once common in North and South America

plural cougars also cougar

Full Definition of COUGAR

:  a large powerful tawny-brown cat (Felis concolor) formerly widespread in the Americas but now reduced in number or extinct in many areas —called also catamount, mountain lion, panther, puma
slang :  a middle-aged woman seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man

Examples of COUGAR

  1. <in many regions, suburban developments have encroached upon the habitat of the cougar>

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Origin of COUGAR

French couguar, modification of New Latin cuguacuarana, from Tupi s i̵wasuarána, from s i̵wásu deer + -ran resembling
First Known Use: 1774

Related to COUGAR

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Species (Puma concolor) of large, graceful cat that lives in a wide variety of habitats in the Americas, from southern Alaska to Patagonia. In many regions, the species is restricted to wilderness areas, and some subspecies are considered endangered. Cougars' coloration ranges from pale buff to reddish brown, with dark ears and tail tip and white rump and belly. The adult weighs from 77 to more than 220 lb (35 to 100 kg). A male may be about 9 ft (3 m) long, one-third of which is tail, and stand 24–30 in. (60–75 cm) tall at the shoulder. Since the cougar occasionally kills livestock, it has been intensively hunted by farmers, especially in North America, and has been basically exterminated from the eastern U.S. It is valuable for preventing overpopulation of prey animals (mostly deer, in North America). In North America, cougar attacks on humans occur a few times per year, some being fatal.

Variants of COUGAR

cougar or puma or mountain lion or panther


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