catamount

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n catamount large American feline resembling a lion
    • n catamount short-tailed wildcats with usually tufted ears; valued for their fur
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Catamount kăt"ȧ*mount (Zoöl) The cougar. Applied also, in some parts of the United States, to the lynx.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n catamount The cat of the mountain; the European wildcat.
    • n catamount In heraldry, this animal when used as a bearing. It is generally represented nearly like a panther, and is always guardant, and therefore its position is not mentioned in the blazon.
    • n catamount 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Catamount a common name in the United States for the cougar or puma—also called Panther, Painter, and American lion
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cat, + mount,; cf. Sp. gato montes, mountain cat
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cat; found also in Celt., Slav., Ar., Finn, &c.

Usage

In literature:

Pray, what is a catamount?
"The Settlers in Canada" by Frederick Marryat
She threw herself on Jennings emitting sounds like forty catamounts tied in a bag.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
The catamount made no sign for ten minutes, and then a wailing cry from far off told that he was retreating.
"The Camp in the Snow" by William Murray Graydon
Its common name is a `catamount,' or, more properly, an `ocelot.
"In the Wilds of Florida" by W.H.G. Kingston
A man who had tracked mountain lion and bear, panther and catamount.
"Blue Ridge Country" by Jean Thomas
Bears had been seen, and catamounts, and prairie wolves, but a bonnet!
"In The Boyhood of Lincoln" by Hezekiah Butterworth
Either catamount or lucerfee was respectfully regarded by the woodsmen.
"The Watchers of the Trails" by Charles G. D. Roberts
The catamounts to something, hey?
"English as She is Wrote" by Anonymous
I wish something would happen, real hair-raising, as Indians, or bears, or even a few catamounts!
"Dorothy on a Ranch" by Evelyn Raymond
He's killed the catamount, I reckon.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
But what I do want to see is a panther or catamount.
"Ben Comee" by M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
You ought to be rejoicin' in yer luck, instead of screamin' like a wounded catamount.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 56, Number 349, November, 1844" by Various
He's comin' now to them catamounts.
"Faro Nell and Her Friends" by Alfred Henry Lewis
If it had not been for him, I would not have got the catamount's money and you would not have had the burgundy.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus
I tell you he'd lay on his back and fight like a catamount as long as he had a breath left in him.
"The Rustler of Wind River" by G. W. Ogden
Thar war forty feet o' the stem 'ithout a branch, an' so smooth thet a catamount kedn't 'a' scaled it.
"Our Young Folks--Vol. I, No. II, February 1865" by Various
I thought you were a catamount, at least.
"Old Crow" by Alice Brown
He had to change feet too, and he was borne to the earth by that catamount spring before he could avoid it.
"The Silent Barrier" by Louis Tracy
I'd much ruther have my head blowed off than married to that old catamount.
"Si Klegg, Book 3 (of 6) Si And Shorty Meet Mr. Rosenbaum, The Spy, Who Relates His Adventures" by John McElroy
But I am as poor a judge of soldiers as a sheep is of catamounts.
"Miss Ravenel's conversion from secession to loyalty" by J. W. de Forest
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In poetry:

"Thou go, dear wife! a woman soft,
And not too brave to shake
At sight of wolf or catamount,
Or many-rattled snake:
"A Ballad Of 1812" by Sarah Anne Curzon
They may fight till the buzzards are gorged with their spoil,
Till the harvest grows black as it rots in the soil,
Till the wolves and the catamounts troop from their caves,
And the shark tracks the pirate, the lord of the waves:
"Brother Jonathan's Lament for Sister Caroline" by Oliver Wendell Holmes

In news:

Deion Belue #13 of the Alabama Crimson Tide recovers a fumble on a lateral pass to Eddie Sullivan #9 of the Western Carolina Catamounts and returns it for a touchdown at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 17, 2012 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
Defense rebounds over hapless Catamounts.
The Falcons handed the Catamounts a high-scoring 86-74 loss in the first game back for PC coach L.J.
DiNunno's layup lifts EKU past Catamounts at buzzer.
University of Connecticut Huskies guard, Shabazz Napier , drives past Vermont Catamounts guard, Trey Blue, during the first half.
Get the latest news, stats, videos, and more about Western Carolina Catamounts tight end Conner Orr on ESPN.com.
Rhode Island Rams vs Vermont Catamounts.
The Falcons go on a 21-4 run to take a late lead and hold on against the host Catamounts in season-opening nonconference action.
Holiday Inn Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, Pa. Catamount Consulting LLC.
"Messenger #1," presented by The Catamounts.
COUNT CATAMOUNT has the kind of speed needed in 5-furlong turf dashes.
Vermont Catamounts vs Rhode Island Rams.
Vermont Catamounts vs Towson Tigers.
Vermont Catamounts at Quinnipiac Bobcats.
Vermont Catamounts vs Quinnipiac Bobcats.
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