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mountain cat

noun
1.
a cougar.
2.
a bobcat.
Origin of mountain cat
1655-1665
1655-65
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  • And with stones I weighted her throat, which was marked like the deer's when the mountain cat springs.

    Lords of the North A. C. Laut
  • Or Ben would hear the hollow baritone of an owl, the lamenting of a wolf, the nearly human scream of a mountain cat.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • Knowst not that it sickens me to see a mountain cat killed, save in full chase.

    The Dove in the Eagle's Nest Charlotte M. Yonge
  • A progress of two, Jesse Plum and Meco, bearing on a pole between them the corpse of a mountain cat.

    Wilderness of Spring Edgar Pangborn
  • He's layin' low; but that's the time to watch a mountain cat.

    Gordon Keith Thomas Nelson Page
  • The natives call it “gato del monte,” which means “mountain cat.”

    Anting-Anting Stories Sargent Kayme
  • "The Delaware is like Tschinque, the mountain cat," they told one another.

    Spotted Deer Elmer Gregor
British Dictionary definitions for mountain cat

mountain cat

noun
1.
any of various wild feline mammals, such as the bobcat, lynx, or puma
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