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Definition: As college basketball fans well know, wild cats provide the inspiration for many team names and mascots. There's a team called the Wildcats in the SEC (Kentucky), the Big East (Villanova), the Pac 10 (Arizona) the Big 10 (Northwestern) and the Big 12 (Kansas State)... not to mention Davidson, Weber State and several others.

Teams calling themselves the Catamounts -- Vermont and Western Carolina -- draw from the same inspiration, as "Catamount" can refer to one of several species of wild cat. The word is derived from "catamountain," a term originating in the 1600s that referred, curiously enough, to cats that lived in the mountains.

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