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
Recent Examples on the Web The refuge has small ponds that sustain populations of borderland wildlife including puma, bear and other species. Washington Post, "Trump administration in an all-out push to build border wall before election," 29 Sep. 2020 Barton Behravesh confirmed to me that no further outbreaks of the coronavirus at zoos in the U.S have been reported, though a single puma in South Africa was infected by its caretaker. Carolyn Barber, Fortune, "Everything we know—and don’t know—about human-to-animal COVID transmission," 4 Sep. 2020 The puma was spotted again in the evening on Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Anna Bauman, SFChronicle.com, "Mountain lion spotted in San Francisco — again," 17 June 2020 As habitats are lost, wildlife comes into closer contact with humans (like the puma in Santiago). Josh Petri, Bloomberg.com, "The Best Weapon Against a Future Pandemic," 10 May 2020 In Colombia, poachers have been killing more jaguars, pumas, and ocelots, Newsweek reports. Hanna Kozlowska, Quartz, "Poachers are taking advantage of the pandemic to kill more animals," 26 Apr. 2020 None of the zoo’s other big cats, including snow leopards, cheetahs, a clouded leopard, an Amur leopard, and a puma are showing symptoms. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "Tiger tests positive for coronavirus at Bronx Zoo, first known case in the world," 5 Apr. 2020 As Sir David Attenborough narrates and dramatic music mounts, a puma in the Chilean highlands stalks a herd of llama-like guanacos, watching the graceful creatures with her flat, unnerving predator’s gaze. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, "Pick Up the Damn Phone, and Other Thoughts on Ordering Restaurant Delivery," 2 Apr. 2020 The statement also noted that other animals including snow leopards, cheetahs, the clouded leopard, Amur leopard, and puma are unaffected. Cailey Rizzo, Travel + Leisure, "Two Pet Cats in New York Confirmed to Have Coronavirus," 23 Apr. 2020

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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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4 Oct 2020

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“Puma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puma. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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

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