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[kat-uh-mount] /ˈkæt əˌmaʊnt/
a wild animal of the cat family, especially the cougar or the lynx.
Origin of catamount
1655-65; short for catamountain Unabridged
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  • It was not until he had gone deeply into the woods, and the darkness was everywhere about him, that he remembered the catamount.

    The Homesteader Oscar Micheaux
  • Which I ain't in the habit of bein' took lightly by no catamount.

    Faro Nell and Her Friends Alfred Henry Lewis
  • First of all, the catamount must be taken away from the cabin and skinned.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • It was as large a catamount as the two Maine lads had ever seen.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • You must get Hewey Glinds to tell you bear and catamount stories.

    When Life Was Young C. A. Stephens
  • The catamount had shifted his position, and the boys saw him plainly.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • “If we do the catamount will likely climb after us,” replied Jerry.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • The catamount screeched, and quivered for a second at44tack.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
  • Dragged to the light, some called it a catamount, but others more correctly a wild-cat (Lynx fasciatus).

    Two Years in Oregon Wallis Nash
  • It struck the catamount on the foreshoulders, bounced off and rolled in the snow.

    The Camp in the Snow William Murray Graydon
British Dictionary definitions for catamount


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 catamount

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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