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See cougar.

[Short for catamountain.]
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(ˈkætəˌmaʊnt) or


(Animals) any of various medium-sized felines, such as the puma or lynx
[C17: short for cat of the mountain]
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(ˈkæt əˌmaʊnt)

1. a wild cat, esp. the cougar or the lynx.
[1655–65; short for catamountain]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catamount - short-tailed wildcats with usually tufted earscatamount - short-tailed wildcats with usually tufted ears; valued for their fur
wildcat - any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
genus Lynx - lynxes
common lynx, Lynx lynx - of northern Eurasia
Canada lynx, Lynx canadensis - of northern North America
bay lynx, bobcat, Lynx rufus - small lynx of North America
Lynx pardina, spotted lynx - of southern Europe
caracal, desert lynx, Lynx caracal - of deserts of northern Africa and southern Asia
2.catamount - large American feline resembling a lioncatamount - large American feline resembling a lion
Felis, genus Felis - type genus of the Felidae: true cats and most wildcats
wildcat - any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
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References in classic literature ?
He said a horse that wasn't afraid of grizzlies fetched ten times as much as any other horse An' panthers!--all the old folks called 'em painters an' catamounts an' varmints.
The flour pan in which their daily bread was mixed stood on the rude table side by side with the "prospecting pans," half full of gold washed up from their morning's work; the front windows of the newer tenements looked upon the one single thoroughfare, but the back door opened upon the uncleared wilderness, still haunted by the misshapen bulk of bear or the nightly gliding of catamount.
The weather was perfect, and the mountain air made the children as frisky as young lambs; while the elders went about smiling at one another, and saying, "Isn't it splendid?" Even Mac, the "slow coach," was seen to leap over a fence as if he really could not help it; and when Rose ran after him with his broad-brimmed hat, he made the spirited proposal to go into the woods and hunt for a catamount.
Had it been now a catamount, or even a full-size panther, I would have embellished a performance for you worth regarding.
He scrambled over rock and stone, through brush and brier, rolled down banks like a hedgehog, scrambled up others like a catamount. In every direction he heard some one or other of the gang hemming him in.
Terance Mann added 19 points for the fourth-seeded Seminoles (28-7), who were tied with the Catamounts at halftime but pulled away late.
Meanwhile a troupe called the Catamounts convened the protagonists of Jane Eyre, Little Women, Pride and Prejudice, and Wuthering Heights for Jaclyn Back-haus's archly clever You on the Moors Now.
The 16th Engineer Battalion Catamounts had a very successful deployment supporting the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division, during National Training Center (NTC) Rotation 17-02 in the fictional country of Atropia.
Oregon was 20-for-27 from the field in the second half, including 7-for-8 on three-pointers, to outscore the Catamounts 66-44 and finish with a 65.3 shooting percentage.
The dangers they face-floods, wolves, catamounts, rattlesnakes, and a measles outbreak both unite and divide them but nothing deters them from their ultimate goal.
While a national championship seems out of reach,the Alabama Crimson Tide can still capture the SEC and start Saturday as they take on the Western Carolina Catamounts at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Stalberg is 21 and led the Catamounts in scoring this season with totals of 12-19-31.