[pyoo-muh, poo-]
the fur of a cougar.

1770–80; < Spanish < Quechua

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puma (ˈpjuːmə)
cougar, Also called: mountain lion a large American feline mammal, Felis concolor, that resembles a lion, having a plain greyish-brown coat and long tail
[C18: via Spanish from Quechuan]

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Word Origin & History

1777, from Sp. puma, from Quechua (Peru) puma.
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It was not a dog, or a puma, which has a much higher pitched growl.
Staring down a puma can let the animal know you're aware it's looking, though
  distance can reduce its effectiveness.
Animals seen on these rafts included a puma, a deer, monkeys and snakes.
Puma navigates and hunts for hydrothermal vents using chemical sniffers and
  lasers to detect smoke traces.
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