Origin of jaguarundiAmerican Spanish and Portuguese from Tupí
a small wildcat (Herpailurus yagouaroundi) of tropical and subtropical America, with a slender body and a long tail
also sp. jag·ua·ron′di
nounpl. jag·ua·run·dis, also jag·ua·ron·dis
A long-tailed, grayish-brown or reddish wildcat (Puma yagouaroundi) of southern North America and Central and South America. The jaguarundi is sometimes classified in the genus Felis or Herpailurus.
Origin of jaguarundiSpanishPortuguese from Guaraní jaguarundi, yaguarundi variant of jaguá, yaguar dog
- A medium-sized Central and South American wild cat, Puma yagouaroundi, Herpailurus yagouaroundi or Felis yagouaroundi.
Ultimately from Guaraní jaguarundy or Old Tupi.