cougar

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n cougar large American feline resembling a lion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Cougar (Zoöl) An American feline quadruped (Felis concolor), resembling the African panther in size and habits. Its color is tawny, without spots; hence writers often called it the American lion. Called also puma panther mountain lion, and catamount. See Puma.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n cougar A large concolorous feline carnivorous quadruped peculiar to America, Felis concolor, belonging to the family Felidæ and order Feræ. It is about as large as the jaguar, but is longer-limbed, and is not so heavy in body. A not unusual weight is 80 pounds; the length over all is about 80 inches, of which the head and body are 50 inches and the tail 30 inches, the standing height at the shoulders 29 inches, and the girth of the chest 27 inches; the color is uniformly tawny, whitening on the under parts, and the tip of the tail is black. This great cat bears much resemblance to an ungrown lioness. It is noted as having the most extensive latitudinal range of any of the Felidæ, its habitat extending from British America to Patagonia. It was formerly common in wooded and especially mountainous parts of the United States, and is still sometimes found in the east, though now most common in the Rocky Mountains and other mountains of the west. Also called puma, panther or “painter,” red tiger, mountain lion, American lion, and catamount.
    • n cougar Several species and subspecies of cougar have been recognized by naturalists, the Florida animal being known as Felis coryi and that from the northwest coast region as F. oregonensis. The southern form retains the name F. concolor: the type locality for this species is Brazil.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Cougar kōō′gar an American animal, same as the puma.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. couguar, from the native name in the South American dialects, cuguacuara, cuguacuarana,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. couguar, from native name.

Usage

In literature:

He had slain the bear and the buffalo, the wild-cat and the cougar.
"The Young Voyageurs" by Mayne Reid
Had the cougar got away, or was he still within the thicket?
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
Except for its size, it could have been a splayed-out cougar print.
"The Invaders" by Benjamin Ferris
The cougar alone fought in silence.
"The Desert Home" by Mayne Reid
He had a cougar, one lynx, and six dark marten.
"The Man from the Bitter Roots" by Caroline Lockhart
Hence the name cougar, employed by French zoologists, and copied in most works on natural history.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
We have seen no cougars, though, this year, and here's hoping that we won't.
"The Story of Wool" by Sara Ware Bassett
On these prairies there are occasionally to be found cougars, commonly called panthers or "painters," although erroneously.
"A Tramp's Notebook" by Morley Roberts
The cougar had been struck in the forehead, and no longer breathed.
"Adventures of a Young Naturalist" by Lucien Biart
Cougar, a predatory beast, 203.
"Conservation Reader" by Harold W. Fairbanks
It hit the cougar, and turning, he now rushed to the bank, and, bellowing with rage, plunged into the river.
"Seven and Nine years Among the Camanches and Apaches" by Edwin Eastman
I have camped for twenty-five years in its country and have never yet seen a wild Cougar.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
The skin of a cougar, not long killed, hangs against the wall.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
At length rose Mishlah the Cougar, chief of the Mollalies.
"The Bridge of the Gods" by Frederic Homer Balch
Reckon he's had a habit of mixing with cougars or something like that!
"Louisiana Lou" by William West Winter
Sure enough, upon examination, there were the marks of a cougar as high up on the tree as I could reach.
"Ox-Team Days on the Oregon Trail" by Ezra Meeker
A male cougar weighs one hundred and fifty to two hundred pounds; a few have been taken over that.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Nearer and nearer crept the cougar, and still the big-horn was absorbed in his study of matters down below.
"Two Arrows" by William O. Stoddard
He made studies of deer, bears, and cougars, as well as of wild turkeys, prairie hens, and other birds.
"Children's Stories in American Literature, 1660-1860" by Henrietta Christian Wright
Cougar and lynx and bear rove through the forest ravenous with spring hunger.
"The Story of the Trapper" by A. C. Laut
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In poetry:

Lull but the mighty serpent king,
'Midst the grey rocks, his old domain;
Ward but the cougar's deadly spring,
—Thy step that lake's green shore may gain;
And the bright Isle, when all is pass'd,
Shall vainly meet thine eye at last!
"The Isle Of Founts" by Felicia Dorothea Hemans

In news:

I've mentioned in tweets, blogs and articles that BYU basketball fans often overtake the arenas/gymnasiums in the WCC when the Cougars are in town -- far more than they did when the Cougars were in the MWC.
The Fallston Cougars (2-5) were the lone girls volleyball team in action Tuesday and the Cougars lost a tough match in three straight games to visiting Padua Academy.
I bet you're excited, amped up for this Friday's big game between the Eagles and Cougars, right.
Cougars pegged to finish second in West Coast Conference.
CSU women's soccer: Lady Cougars slide past Georgia College 3-0 in first.
Cougars players say getting bowl eligible still within their grasp.
He helped the Cougars to a Meet of Champions berth Saturday at the Group I championships.
Cougars poach Falcons for season's first league win SLIDESHOW.
LAKEWOOD — Cougar boys varsity basketball faced a tall order as they faced the South Whidbey Falcons in their first Cascade Conference game on Dec 7.
San Diego State accepts bid to play Cougars in Poinsettia Bowl.
Cougars to face San Diego State in Poinsettia Bowl.
Ex-Cougar Gabriel Reid (42), here in action in 2002, says BYU is doing more to pursue Polynesian players now.
Manning also helped to establish the Issaquah Alps Trails Club and lobbied officials to preserve Cougar Mountain.
CNN has a story this morning about Corner Canyon High School in Draper, Utah where they've dropped their Cougar mascot because it was offensive.
Oh yeah, the BYU Cougars.
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