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cougar

[koo-ger] /ˈku gər/
noun, plural cougars (especially collectively) cougar.
1.
Also called mountain lion, panther, puma. a large, tawny cat, Felis concolor, of North and South America: now greatly reduced in number and endangered in some areas.
2.
Informal. an older woman who seeks sexual relationships with much younger men:
He's in his twenties, but he prefers cougars in their forties and fifties to young women his own age.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < French couguar (Buffon) < Neo-Latin cuguacu ara, apparently a misrepresentation of Guarani guaçu ara
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Examples from the web for cougars
  • He went from sitting on the bench to become the difference maker on the cougars.
  • They blame maned wolves, cougars, jaguars, and spectacled bears for livestock deaths.
  • Aside from humans, no species preys upon mature cougars in the wild.
  • Conversely, lone wolves are at a disadvantage, and have been reported killed by cougars.
  • Predation by cougars has been linked to changes in the species mix of deer in a region.
British Dictionary definitions for cougars

cougar

/ˈkuːɡə/
noun
1.
another name for puma
2.
(US & Canadian, slang) a woman in her 30s or 40s who actively pursues casual sexual relationships with young men
Word Origin
C18: from French couguar, from Portuguese cuguardo, from Tupi suasuarana, literally: deerlike, from suasú deer + rana similar to
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Word Origin and History for cougars

cougar

n.

1774, from French couguar, Buffon's adaption (influenced by jaguar) of a word the Portuguese picked up in Brazil as çuçuarana, perhaps from Tupi susuarana, from suasu "deer" + rana "false." Another proposed source is Guarani guaçu ara. Evidently the cedillas dropped off the word before Buffon got it. Slang sense of "older woman (35-plus) who seeks younger males as sex partners" is attested by 2002; said in some sources to have originated in Canada, probably from some reference to predatory feline nature.

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