from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A spotted Central and South American wildcat (Leopardus wiedii) resembling a small, long-tailed ocelot.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A South American tiger-cat, Felis tigrina, or F. margay; also, some related species.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A small American wild cat (Felis wiedi syn. Felis tigrina), ranging from Mexico to Brazil. It is spotted with black. Called also long-tailed cat.

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  • noun Leopardus wiedii, a spotted cat native to Central and South America..

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun small spotted wildcat found from Texas to Brazil


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French, from Portuguese maracajá, from Tupí.]

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From Tupian marakaya via Portuguese.


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  • Increased ground travel may make the species more vulnerable to predators, such as margay cats and birds of prey, he said.

    National Geographic News

  • They ignored the noisy, screeching fight taking place between an insulted margay and a panda certain he had been cheated.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • Some notable mammals are white‑tailed deer Odocoileus virginianus, white‑lipped peccary Tayassu pecary, collared peccary Tayassu tajacu, Central American tapir Tapirus bairdii (VU), white‑face monkey Cebus capucinus and spider monkey Ateles geoffroyi, howler monkey Alouatta palliata, collared anteater Tamandua tetradactyla, jaguar Panthera onca (VU), margay Felis wiedii (VU), jaguarundi F. yagouaroundi and ocelot F. pardalis (VU).

    Area de Conservación Guanacaste, Costa Rica

  • The margay had teeth and claws on his side, but the panda had strength.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • "I saw a double-jointed margay once, in a bar in Oglagia Towne," broke in Mudge with astonishing lack of tact.

    A Corridor in the Asylum

  • The lutrine opossum Lutreolina crassicaudata, giant anteater and giant armadillo are found there, also bush dog, crab-eating fox Cerdocyon thous, long-tailed weasel Mustela frenata, jaguarundi Herpailurus yagouaroundi, jaguar, puma, oncilla Leopardus tigrinus and margay L. weidii.

    Canaima National Park, Venezuela

  • Elsewhere in lower forests, spectacled bear Tremarctos ornatus (VU), giant otter Pteronura brasiliensis (EN) jaguar Panthera onca, ocelot Felis pardalis, margay F. wiedii, lowland tapir Tapirus terrestris (VU), white-tailed deer Odocoileus virginianus clavium, brocket deer Mazama rufina and northern pudu deer Pudu mephistophiles, and are found.

    Sangay National Park, Ecuador

  • Fauna recorded within the park include giant otter Pteronura brasiliensis (V), La Plata otter Lutra platensis, coatimundi Nasua nasua, ocelot Felis pardalis, jaguar Panthera onca, puma Felis concolor, margay Leopardus wiedii, brocket deer Mazama rufina (LR) and American tapir Tapirus terrestris (LR).

    Iguacu National Park, Brazil

  • A total of 103 species of mammals have been recorded including five species of cat, jaguar Panthera onca, puma Felis concolor, ocelot F. pardalis, margay F. wiedii (K) and jaguarundi F. yagouaroundi.

    Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve, Mexico

  • Genipa americana, Lemaireocereus griseus, Pristimera vernicosa, Ruperchtia ramiflora The Park has isolated populations of caiman (Caiman crocodylus), ocelot (Leopardus pardalis), margay (Leopardus wiedii), and primates of the genus Alouatta.

    Guajira-Barranquilla xeric scrub


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