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[pyoo-muh, poo-] /ˈpyu mə, ˈpu-/
the fur of a cougar.
Origin of puma
1770-80; < Spanish < Quechua Unabridged
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  • "This maiden, she is a kin to the puma of the mountains," he announced.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • Then,” remarked Jim, looking: frankly at puma, “that definitely lets us out.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • The puma ranges throughout the country, as he does much further south; while the jaguar also appears amid the forests and plains.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
  • No; Mr. puma, who was all art and heart, could not comprehend what Mr. Skidder was driving at.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • The puma utters a fierce growl—it turns upon itself—the arrow is crushed between its teeth.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • puma looked at him without any expression at all on his sanguine features.

    The Crimson Tide Robert W. Chambers
  • The dog flew at the infuriated beast, but one blow from the puma's paw silenced him for ever.

British Dictionary definitions for puma


a large American feline mammal, Felis concolor, that resembles a lion, having a plain greyish-brown coat and long tail Also called cougar, mountain lion
Word Origin
C18: via Spanish from Quechuan
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Word Origin and History for puma

1777, from Spanish puma, from Quechua (Peru) puma.

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