cou·​gar | \ ˈkü-gər also -ˌgär How to pronounce cougar (audio) \
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 slang : 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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There are more than 6,000 cougars in Oregon, according to the ODFW website., "’That’s an animal that had no fear of humans’: cougar sightings on the rise in Oregon," 26 June 2019 In just two years along one stretch of highway in Utah, 98 deer, three moose, two elk, multiple raccoons, and a cougar were killed in car collisions—a total of 106 animals. Starre Vartan, National Geographic, "How wildlife bridges over highways make animals—and people—safer," 16 Apr. 2019 Spong’s unlicensed, 60-pound pet cougar was captured in a South Florida neighborhood in January. Dan Gartland,, "Pro Boxer Charged for Allowing Unlicensed Cougar to Escape," 16 Aug. 2019 The Florida panther is a subspecies of the puma or cougar, a far more numerous animal that roams the western United States, Canada and Central and South America. David Fleshler,, "Boxing champ Tyrone Spong faces wildlife charges after ‘extremely dangerous’ cougar gets loose," 16 Aug. 2019 Guided by miles of fencing, raccoons, bobcats, deer, elk, moose, cougars, and coyotes have taken advantage of the overpass, avoiding collisions with vehicles on Interstate 80 below. Steve Mollman, Quartz, "A $5 million wildlife overpass in Utah has just one problem: humans," 23 June 2019 The study found that cougars accounted for 35% of adult female elk deaths and 45% of elk calf deaths. USA TODAY, "Smokey Bear, tarantula trek, censoring Adam and Eve: News from around our 50 states," 9 Aug. 2019 There have been two deaths from cougar attacks in the Pacific Northwest since May 2018., "WATCH: Cougar caught on camera roaming Sandy neighborhood," 24 June 2019 The real cougar in the bathroom is barely mentioned, though the irony of a political system where the line between fiction and nonfiction has been effaced to the point of meaninglessness is felt throughout. Charles Arrowsmith,, "'Raised in Captivity’: Chuck Klosterman tries to make sense of our absurd reality in new stories," 16 July 2019

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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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English Language Learners Definition of cougar

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


cou·​gar | \ ˈkü-gər How to pronounce cougar (audio) \

Kids Definition of cougar

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

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