cougar

noun
cou·​gar | \ ˈkü-gər also -ˌgär \
plural cougars also cougar

Definition of cougar

1 : a large powerful tawny-brown cat (Puma concolor synonym Felis concolor) formerly widespread in the Americas but now reduced in number or extinct in many areas

called also catamount, mountain lion, panther, puma

2 cougar : a middle-aged woman seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man

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Examples of cougar in a Sentence

in many regions, suburban developments have encroached upon the habitat of the cougar

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For the next phase of the research, the team collected severed cat tongues from six different species: a domestic cat, a bobcat, a cougar, a snow leopard, a tiger, and a lion. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Science says your cat’s tongue is ideally suited for grooming fur," 28 Dec. 2018 Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials searched the area, but could not locate the cougar, FOX12 reported. Katherine Lam, Fox News, "Alpaca caught on video chasing after cougar to save her baby," 24 Sep. 2018 It's embedded in our slang (cougar, MILF), and our pop culture influencers. Michael Arceneaux, Glamour, "If We Want Men to Be a Part of #MeToo, We Have to Stop Gendering the Movement," 27 Aug. 2018 Back in February a cougar sighting was confirmed by Brookfield police on the suburb's northeast side. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Brookfield resident spotted a mountain lion, or maybe a coyote, but police can't confirm it," 15 May 2018 Officials with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources confirmed the cougar sighting in Brookfield, according to reports. Allison Bagley, Houston Chronicle, "HMNS' PAWS program lets young readers practice on best friends," 21 Feb. 2018 Photo of the #cougar that attacked two mountain bikers, ages 32 and 31. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "Mysteriously rare cougar attack kills Seattle biker, injures another," 21 May 2018 Most notably, residents in Brookfield, Franklin, Menomonee Falls and Ixonia reported seeing a cougar roaming around. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "'The door pushed back': Pewaukee police find coyote in vacant River Hills Healthcare building," 11 Apr. 2018 Last seen in 1938, the eastern cougar was declared extinct in 2011. Elisa Neckar, Discover Magazine, "20 Things You Didn't Know About ... Big Cats," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of cougar

1774, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for cougar

French couguar, modification of New Latin cuguacuarana, from Tupi sɨwasuarána, from sɨwásu deer + -ran resembling

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cougar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cougar

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

cougar

noun
cou·​gar | \ ˈkü-gər \

Kids Definition of cougar

: a large yellowish brown wild animal of North and South America related to the domestic cat

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