catamount

noun
cat·​a·​mount | \ˈka-tə-ˌmau̇nt \

Definition of catamount 

: any of various wild cats: such as

a : cougar sense 1

b : lynx sense 1

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Examples of catamount in a Sentence

found the footprints of a catamount on the mountain trail

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Cougars, also called mountain lions, pumas and catamounts, were native to Wisconsin but were extirpated through unregulated hunting in the 1800s. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Cougar confirmed from Feb. 7 video in Washington County," 13 Feb. 2018 The Eastern cougar is also known as the ghost cat, catamount, puma, painter, panther, and mountain lion. Mari A. Schaefer, Philly.com, "Eastern cougars are now officially extinct," 25 Jan. 2018 Each of the handful of catamounts analyzed in Wisconsin over the last decade has been male. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Watchers on lookout for female cougars in Wisconsin," 1 Nov. 2017 In January, the Missouri Department of Conservation confirmed the presence of a female catamount in Shannon County, in the south-central part of the state. Paul A. Smith, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Smith: Watchers on lookout for female cougars in Wisconsin," 1 Nov. 2017 The Retrievers won the first 11 games in this America East series, but the Catamounts have claimed the past two meetings. Edward Lee, baltimoresun.com, "Weekly men's lacrosse primer (April 27): Top player, top game and upcoming local schedule," 27 Apr. 2017 Western Carolina and Samford posted a 1-2 finish in the men's 100-meter dash as the teams remained separated by just a point, with the Catamounts on top. Samford Athletics, AL.com, "Samford women cruise to SoCon track title; Bulldogs' men place second," 12 May 2017 UMBC 10, Vermont 7: Ryan Frawley scored four goals and Max Maxwell had three goals to help the host Retrievers (6-7, 4-2 America East) beat the Catamounts (5-8, 1-5). baltimoresun.com, "College lacrosse roundup (April 29): Rutgers jolts Buckeyes, 12-11, for a stunner in Big Ten," 29 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of catamount

1664, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for catamount

short for cat-a-mountain

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