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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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Examples from the web for puma
  • 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.
  • Also look out for monkeys and birds, or a rare sighting of a puma.
  • Poachers come for the pelts of the vicuna and the now-endangered puma.
  • Also called mountain lion and puma fluctuate: verb: to constantly change back and forth.
  • Desert puma evolutionary ecology and conservation of an enduring carnivore.
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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