A beast, the lusetan or ounce?

Jim Parish jparish at SIUE.EDU
Sun Jul 16 00:58:12 UTC 2006

Wilson Gray wrote:
> According to "The Book of Knowledge - the children's encylopedia,"
> ca.1943, an "ounce" is a snow leopard. I.e., there's a photo of some
> kind of leopard-looking big cat on a snowbank and the caption reads:
> "An ounce or snow leopard."

Thank you! I've been wrestling with a vague memory that it referred to
something larger than a lynx, and this fills the bill - I devoured _The
Book of Knowledge_ in my youth.

Jim Parish

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