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ˈkæt əˌmaʊntcata·mount

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. lynx, catamountnoun

    short-tailed wildcats with usually tufted ears; valued for their fur

  2. cougar, puma, catamount, mountain lion, painter, panther, Felis concolornoun

    large American feline resembling a lion


  1. catamountnoun

    A wild animal of the family Felidae, especially puma or lynx.

  2. Etymology: Abbreviation of catamountain, originally ‘cat o' mountain’, ‘cat of the mountain’.


  1. catamount

    The cougar (Puma concolor) (, KOO-gər) is a large cat native to the Americas. Its range spans from the Canadian Yukon to the southern Andes in South America and is the most widespread of any large wild terrestrial mammal in the Western Hemisphere. It is an adaptable, generalist species, occurring in most American habitat types. This wide range has brought it many common names, including puma, mountain lion, catamount and panther (for the Florida sub-population). It is the second-largest cat in the New World, after the jaguar (Panthera onca). Secretive and largely solitary by nature, the cougar is properly considered both nocturnal and crepuscular, although daytime sightings do occur. Despite its size, the cougar is more closely related to smaller felines, including the domestic cat (Felis catus) than to any species of the subfamily Pantherinae. The cougar is an ambush predator that pursues a wide variety of prey. Primary food sources are ungulates, particularly deer, but it also hunts smaller prey such as rodents. It prefers habitats with dense underbrush and rocky areas for stalking, but also lives in open areas. Cougars are territorial and live at low population densities. Individual home ranges depend on terrain, vegetation and abundance of prey. While large, it is not always the apex predator in its range, yielding prey it has killed to American black bears, grizzly bears and packs of wolves. It is reclusive and mostly avoids people. Fatal attacks on humans are rare, but increased in North America as more people entered cougar habitat and built farms. Intensive hunting following European colonization of the Americas and ongoing human development into cougar habitat has caused the cougar populations to drop in most parts of its historical range. In particular, the eastern cougar population is considered to have been mostly extirpated in eastern North America at the beginning of the 20th century, with the exception of the isolated Florida panther subpopulation.


  1. catamount

    A catamount is a term used to refer to any large wild cat species, especially mountain lions or cougars, found in North and South America. The term is sometimes also used for other cats such as lynxes or bobcats. The word "catamount" is derived from "cat of the mountain".

Webster Dictionary

  1. Catamountnoun

    the cougar. Applied also, in some parts of the United States, to the lynx

  2. Etymology: [Cat + mount; cf. Sp. gato montes mountain cat.]


  1. Catamount

    Catamount is a term used to describe a wild cat, usually of the cougar or mountain lion variety, also called a puma.

Editors Contribution

  1. catamount

    Catamounts = Sasquatch

    Submitted by anonymous on December 23, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of catamount in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of catamount in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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