margay

noun
mar·​gay | \ˈmär-ˌgā, mär-ˈ \

Definition of margay 

: a small American spotted cat (Felis wiedii) resembling the ocelot and ranging from northern Mexico to Argentina

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Scientists are trying to learn more about the diverse and unique environment, where jaguars and margays roam the savannah and jungles, and river dolphins swim in the Guayabero River. Murray Carpenter, New York Times, "Scientists Fear for Colombia’s ‘Melted Rainbow’," 26 Feb. 2018 An entire row of shelves 50 feet long and 10 feet high is dedicated to the hides and mounted heads of big cats—cheetahs, tigers, jaguars, margays, ocelots, leopards. National Geographic, "See What's Inside This Grisly Warehouse of Wildlife Trafficking," 1 Mar. 2016 Curiously, one common observation was that margays mimic the calls of prey species to lure them out. Brian Switek, WIRED, "Margays mimick monkey calls to lure their prey," 2 Apr. 2010

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First Known Use of margay

1775, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for margay

French, ultimately from Tupi marakajá

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