pu·​ma | \ ˈpü-mə How to pronounce puma (audio) , ˈpyü- How to pronounce puma (audio) \
plural pumas also puma

Definition of puma

: cougar sense 1 also : the fur or pelt of a cougar

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Examples of puma in a Sentence

adult pumas can sometimes weigh over 200 pounds

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Los Llanos Camp Bird watch and track puma in this reserve near the Colombian Andes with Plan South America. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "Where to Go When You Just Want to Be Alone," 7 Sep. 2018 Silverado and two other puma cubs will be featured when the Oakland Zoo opens its $71 million, 45-acre California Trail, which will almost double the zoo’s size. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Oakland Zoo’s puma cubs get comfortable in their soon-to-open exhibit," 6 May 2018 End your adventure in the stunning natural scenery of Torres del Paine to track for the elusive puma in one of the world's ultimate wild places. Maita Barrenechea, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to South America," 5 Oct. 2016 But come winter, when those guanacos head down the mountains to graze in a smaller patch of snow-free land, so too do the pumas. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Places to Visit in July," 15 June 2018 The sixth crossing was earlier this year and was far more surprising, officials said, because of the path the puma took. Joseph Serna, www.latimes.com, "Mountain lions are being killed on freeways and weakened by inbreeding. Researchers have a solution," 16 May 2018 The big cats, found mostly in Florida and the West and known variously as panthers, pumas and cougars, went extinct in Missouri in the 1920s from overhunting and trapping. Edward Mckinley, kansascity, "Mountain lions went extinct in Missouri in the 1920s. They may be making a comeback," 3 July 2018 Archaeologists theorize that the Incas built Cusco in the shape of a giant puma and the terrace represents its jagged teeth. Finn-olaf Jones, WSJ, "A Surprisingly Kid-Friendly Vacation to Peru’s Sacred Valley," 7 June 2018 Venture into Patagonia's Torres del Paine National Park in pursuit of the Andean puma, accompanied by preeminent photographer and crack mountain-guide Diego Araya. Maita Barrenechea, Town & Country, "How to Plan a Trip to South America," 5 Oct. 2016

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First Known Use of puma

1774, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for puma

Spanish, from Quechua

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pu·​ma | \ ˈpyü-mə How to pronounce puma (audio) , ˈpü-\

Kids Definition of puma

: cougar

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