catamounts

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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