plural pumas also puma
: cougar sense 1
also : the fur or pelt of a cougar

Example Sentences

adult pumas can sometimes weigh over 200 pounds
Recent Examples on the Web Biologists trapped the puma in 2012, fastened on a lightweight radio tracking collar and gave him the name P-22. Susanne Ruststaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 19 Nov. 2022 Still, Busby saw a bit of sadness in the puma’s eyes. Los Angeles Times, 9 Oct. 2022 The team was waiting for another puma, affectionately dubbed Supermom, when an unknown male arrived. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 11 Aug. 2022 But at the end of the day, the park is the puma's territory -- a home to wild creatures where humans are the visitors. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 11 Aug. 2022 Its closest relative — the long extinct simocyon — was a puma-like creature that lived about 18 million years ago, National Geographic reports. Fox News, 11 Aug. 2022 Facebook data showed that those in their early 20s had an age gap of two to three years, but once people hit puma age (33ish), the gap increased to seven years. Anna Pulley, Chicago Tribune, 2 Aug. 2022 Interestingly enough, this animal’s natural enemies are the domestic dog and the puma. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 8 July 2022 Five independent investigators reviewed the puma headshots and attempted to ID the individual animals. Ashleigh Papp, Scientific American, 24 June 2022 See More

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Word History


Spanish, from Quechua

First Known Use

1774, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of puma was in 1774

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“Puma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puma. Accessed 2 Dec. 2022.

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pu·​ma ˈp(y)ü-mə How to pronounce puma (audio)
plural pumas also puma
: cougar

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