jaguarundi

noun
jag·​ua·​run·​di | \ ˌzha-gwə-ˈrən-dē How to pronounce jaguarundi (audio) , ˌja- \
variants: or less commonly jaguarondi \ ˌzha-​gwə-​ˈrän-​dē How to pronounce jaguarondi (audio) , ˌja-​ \

Definition of jaguarundi

: a slender long-tailed short-legged black, gray, or reddish wildcat (Felis yagouaroundi) chiefly of Central and South America

Examples of jaguarundi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Over the past 80 years, the federal agency has spent $90.4 million to buy nearly 158,000 acres of land in the Rio Grande Valley to develop a cross-border wildlife corridor for the ocelot, jaguarundi and migratory birds. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Annova LNG pledges 1,400 acres of land for ocelot conservation," 23 Oct. 2019 In addition to creating an 185-acre wildlife corridor on its nearly 800-acre property, the company has pledged to dedicate another 1,250 acres of land for ocelot and jaguarundi conservation. Sergio Chapa, Houston Chronicle, "Annova LNG pledges 1,400 acres of land for ocelot conservation," 23 Oct. 2019 After getting in contact with the Horco Molle nature reserve, it was confirmed that Tito was actually a jaguarundi, a type of small wild cat that’s native to North and South America. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Argentinian Woman Discovers Pet Kitten She Rescued Is Actually a Puma After Visit to the Vet," 22 Nov. 2019 Suddenly, sleek and black as night, a small wildcat called a jaguarundi descended the trunk of a Brazil nut tree, leaped to the forest floor and ran off into the jungle. Jason G. Goldman, Scientific American, "Monkeys Use Alarm Calls to Tell Predators to Scram," 12 June 2019 The jaguarundi is a small, close to housecat-sized wild cat common in central and South America. Ben Raines, AL.com, "A bobcat, a jaguarundi, and a surefire way to make your spouse mad," 20 Mar. 2018 Long, squat, flat-faced jaguarundis have a uniform coat, while small, agile ocelots sport striking coat patterns. National Geographic, "Striking Pictures of Mexico's Wildlife for Cinco de Mayo," 6 May 2017 Long, squat, flat-faced jaguarundis have a uniform coat, while small, agile ocelots sport striking coat patterns. National Geographic, "Striking Pictures of Mexico's Wildlife for Cinco de Mayo," 6 May 2017

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First Known Use of jaguarundi

circa 1885, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for jaguarundi

American Spanish, from Old Guarani yaguarundi; akin to Tupi jawarundɨ jaguarundi

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“Jaguarundi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/jaguarundi. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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