Definition of jaguarundi in English:

jaguarundi

Pronunciation /ˌjaɡwəˈrəndē/ /ˌdʒæɡwəˈrəndi/

nounjaguarundis

  • A small American wildcat with a uniform red or gray coat, slender body, and short legs, found from Arizona to Argentina.

    Felis yagouaroundi, family Felidae

    ‘We had reached Mexico's Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, home to jaguarundis, ocelots, margays, pumas, and jaguars.’
    • ‘Or you may be lucky enough to spot one of the jaguar's smaller cousins: an ocelot or a puma, a margay or a jaguarundi.’
    • ‘The refuge's fan-shaped palms harbor migrating warblers, green jays, and long-billed thrashers, and are part of a wildlife corridor for two endangered wild cats, the ocelot and jaguarundi.’
    • ‘Jaguarundis do not look like little jaguars - they have small heads with small low set ears, a long flat tail, and a long low set body.’
    • ‘The jaguarundi has been called the weasel cat, because it does not look like a typical cat. In parts of Mexico they are known as otter cats.’

Origin

Mid 19th century from Portuguese, from Tupi-Guarani, from yaguára ‘jaguar’ + undi ‘dark’.