catamount

[kat-uh-mount]
noun
1.
a wild animal of the cat family, especially the cougar or the lynx.

Origin:
1655–65; short for catamountain

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catamount or catamountain (ˈkætəˌmaʊnt)
 
n
any of various medium-sized felines, such as the puma or lynx
 
[C17: short for cat of the mountain]
 
catamountain or catamountain
 
n
 
[C17: short for cat of the mountain]

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catamount
1660s, shortening of cat-o'-mountain (1610s), from cat of the mountain (early 15c.).
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Example sentences
Catamount, you need to account for each and every time that the observed data does not match the model, however.
He said the catamount, as it is known hereabouts, had a tail three feet long.
Catamount is currently accessible to hikers and snowmobilers.
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