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[jah-gwuh-ruhn-dee, -gyoo-uh-, jag-wuh-, -yoo-uh-] /ˌdʒɑ gwəˈrʌn di, -gyu ə-, ˌdʒæg wə-, -yu ə-/
noun, plural jaguarundis.
a long-bodied and long-tailed tropical wildcat, Felis yagouaroundi, having a brownish-gray coat and a second color phase of reddish-brown: now reduced in number and endangered in some areas.
1880-85; < Portuguese < Guarani jaguarundy wildcat Unabridged
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  • The endangered ocelot and jaguarundi are also present but rarely seen.
  • Dense brush is of particular concern due to the endangered status of two native cats, the ocelot and jaguarundi.
  • The vertebrates include two rare cats, the jaguarundi and the ocelot.
British Dictionary definitions for jaguarundi


noun (pl) -dis
a feline mammal, Felis yagouaroundi, of Central and South America, with a reddish or grey coat, short legs, and a long tail See also eyra
Word Origin
C19: via Portuguese from Tupi
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(Felis yagouaroundi), small, unspotted New World cat (family Felidae), also known as the otter-cat because of its otterlike appearance and swimming ability. The jaguarundi is native to forested and brushy regions, especially those near water, from South America to the southwestern United States; it is, however, very rare north of Mexico

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