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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adult pumas can sometimes weigh over 200 pounds
Recent Examples on the Web Mercury poisoning is known to cause memory and motor coordination problems and has been shown in studies in the Florida everglades to cause reproductive problems in pumas. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "Fog brings poison mercury to Santa Cruz Mountains — mountains lions are suffering," 26 Nov. 2019 As apex predators, pumas play an important role in their ecosystem, helping control populations of large ungulates, like deer, as well as small predators. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Mercury-Laden Fog May Be Poisoning California’s Mountain Lions," 2 Dec. 2019 Jaguarundis, whose full scientific name is puma yagouaroundi, are just slightly larger in size than regular cats, typically weighing between 8-16 lbs., according to the Texas Parks & Wildlife’s website. Maria Pasquini, PEOPLE.com, "Argentinian Woman Discovers Pet Kitten She Rescued Is Actually a Puma After Visit to the Vet," 22 Nov. 2019 Both are subspecies of puma, the wild cat that lives in the United States, Canada and Central and South America. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "Boxing champ faces 23 criminal counts in cougar escape," 9 Oct. 2019 The latest accident occurred at about 10 p.m. Sept. 13, when a dead puma was found in the southbound lanes of I-280 near State Route 92 in San Mateo County. Peter Fimrite, SFChronicle.com, "California mountain lions dying on highways, but face an even bigger threat," 20 Sep. 2019 Large, fast-moving animals like jaguars and pumas, Sullivan says, may be able to escape, as may some birds. Natasha Daly, National Geographic, "What the Amazon fires mean for wild animals," 23 Aug. 2019 The Florida panther is the only puma subspecies that exists east of the Mississippi River. Fox News, "Florida panthers suffering from mysterious disorder affecting their ability to walk, officials say," 21 Aug. 2019 The Florida panther is a subspecies of the puma or cougar, a far more numerous animal that roams the western United States, Canada and Central and South America. David Fleshler, sun-sentinel.com, "Boxing champ Tyrone Spong faces wildlife charges after ‘extremely dangerous’ cougar gets loose," 16 Aug. 2019

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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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20 Jan 2020

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“Puma.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puma. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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