puma

noun
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 Florida panthers are a unique subspecies of puma that once had a range throughout the Southeast U.S., but are now mostly found in Southwest Florida. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, 18 Aug. 2021 As police secured a perimeter around the tree, wildlife officers shot the puma with a tranquilizer dart and carried it down from its perch on a stretcher, Paglia said. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 21 May 2021 But Zara McDonald, director and biologist for the puma rescue group, said mountain lions visit San Francisco and other urban areas more often than many people think. Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2021 Florida panthers are a unique subspecies of puma that once had a range throughout the Southeast U.S., but are now mostly found in Southwest Florida. Richard Tribou, orlandosentinel.com, 13 Apr. 2021 The library invites patrons to create some new masks for Suma the puma that can be used in a photo shoot to help celebrate National Library Week next month. Carol Kovach, cleveland, 3 Mar. 2021 Florida panthers are the only puma still roaming east of the Mississippi River. orlandosentinel.com, 26 Dec. 2020 There, near the border with Chile, the 1,722-square-mile park encompasses subantarctic forests that preserve habitats for species such as the guemal, puma, rhea, condor, guanaco, and the calafate plant. Melissa Findley, National Geographic, 20 Nov. 2020 The refuge has small ponds that sustain populations of borderland wildlife including puma, bear and other species. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 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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30 Aug 2021

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“Puma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puma. Accessed 20 Sep. 2021.

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More Definitions for puma

puma

noun

English Language Learners Definition of puma

: cougar

puma

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

Kids Definition of puma

: cougar

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