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 slang : a middle-aged woman seeking a romantic relationship with a younger man
Examples of cougar in a Sentence
in many regions, suburban developments have encroached upon the habitat of the cougar
Recent Examples of cougar from the Web
There have been no other recent reports of cougar activity in the area, but authorities reminded residents that wildlife encounters may happen in urban or suburban areas.
Despite this coexistence, sightings of mountain lions (also known as cougars) are rare.
The cougar takes the whitetail to the ground, its powerful jaws clamped on the animal's neck.
The Cougars are coming off an 8-5 season (7-2 in the Pac-12) that concluded with a 17-12 loss to Minnesota in the Holiday Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium.
Also known as cougars, pumas and panthers, mountain lions are the largest wildcats in North America.
Mountain lions, also known as cougars, were once ubiquitous throughout the nation and prey on smaller animals.
The young male, which had previously been fitted with a GPS collar, was trapped as part of an ongoing WDFW study of interactions between cougars and their human neighbors in towns like Duvall, Fall City and North Bend.
This year, there were more than 400 entries of dead waterfowl, dead cougars, dead bluegill, dead etc.
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Origin and Etymology of cougar
French couguar, modification of New Latin cuguacuarana, from Tupi s i̵wasuarána, from s i̵wásu deer + -ran resembling
First Known Use: 1774See Words from the same year
COUGAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cougar for English Language Learners
: a large brownish cat that was once common in North and South America
COUGAR Defined for Kids
Definition of cougar for Students
: a large yellowish brown wild animal of North and South America related to the domestic cat
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