One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small South American wild cat with large eyes and a yellowish coat with black spots and stripes.
Felis wiedii, family Felidae
- ‘We had reached Mexico's Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, home to jaguarundis, ocelots, margays, pumas, and jaguars.’
- ‘The margay is the only cat species able to rotate its legs a hundred and eighty degrees at the hip.’
- ‘Clearly, bobcats could survive hunting pressures better than margays and ocelots.’
- ‘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.’
Late 18th century: via French from Tupi marakaya.
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