A cougar is a type of large cat — male cougars can reach eight feet long. You may have seen a cougar in a nature program about the animals of North and South America.

A cougar is a feline, but these cats are not tame house pets — they are dangerous wild animals. Found from Canada all the way to the South America, cougars are also called pumas, mountain lions, panthers, and catamounts. The word cougar is also a slang term for an older woman who dates much younger men. Even when it is meant to be a compliment, like any stereotype, cougar has the potential to offend — best to avoid.

Definitions of cougar
  1. noun
    large American feline resembling a lion
    synonyms: Felis concolor, catamount, mountain lion, painter, panther, puma
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    type of:
    any small or medium-sized cat resembling the domestic cat and living in the wild
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