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catamount

[kat-uh-mount] /ˈkæt əˌmaʊnt/
noun
1.
a wild animal of the cat family, especially the cougar or the lynx.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; short for catamountain
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British Dictionary definitions for cat-amount

catamount

/ˈkætəˌmaʊnt/
noun
1.
any of various medium-sized felines, such as the puma or lynx
Word Origin
C17: short for cat of the mountain
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Word Origin and History for cat-amount

catamount

n.

1660s, shortening of cat-o'-mountain (1610s), from cat of the mountain (early 15c.), a name aplied to various types of wildcat.

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