Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See mountain lion.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The cat of the mountain; the European wildcat.
  • n. In heraldry, this animal when used as a bearing.
  • n. In the United States and Canada: A wildcat; a lynx; any species of the genus Lynx, which contains several large wildcats with short tails, penciled ears, and reddish or reddish-gray coloration, much variegated with lighter and darker markings, as the bay lynx, Lynx rufus, or the Canada lynx, L. canadensis. See cut under Lynx. The cougar, puma, or mountain lion, Felis concolor. See cougar.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. large American feline resembling a lion
  • n. short-tailed wildcats with usually tufted ears; valued for their fur

Etymologies

Short for catamountain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Shortened from catamountain, from cat o' mountain, cat of the mountain. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • A catamount is essentially a wild cat, but they spent five minutes thinking and got a cooler nickname.

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  • And while these recollections press upon us, the flickering shadows of the wood seem to assume the forms of the wild creatures which so lately roamed over these hills, and we are half persuaded that the timid doe or the wily catamount is again drawing near to drink from the fountain at our feet – we hear the crash of a dry branch, or the rustling of leaves, and we start as though expecting to see the painted warrior, armed with flint-headed arrows and tomahawk of stone, gliding through the wood toward us.

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  • I had often heard old hunters speak of a wild animal, called the catamount, which they allowed had been seen in the Canadian forests during the early settlement of the country.

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  • Also known as the catamount, puma, cougar, and Nittany lion

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  • A catamount is a skeary animal, I will allow, but then it is nothing in the hands of a practysed hunter.

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  • The cook of the camp, in telling his comrades about the fate of the dog, spoke of the great wildcat as a "catamount," to distinguish him from the common cat of the woods.

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  • A man was killed by a "catamount," in this county, some fifty years ago.

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  • "Oh, now I know; a catamount is a painter, a painter is a leopard or a panther.

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  • "Oh! now I know; a catamount is a painter, a painter is a leopard or a panther.

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  • Associates and neighbors report sighting bear and even a possible catamount (I'll shoot it if it tries to eat my goats and sheep).

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