Ounce is an old English word for a wild cat of intermediate size; it is derived from the Latin lynx. In modern times it is just another name for a snow leopard, but historically the term was more loosely defined. In Honor's Paradox, an ounce is defined as a hunting cat the size of a serval.
Ounces are hunting cats. In Tai-tastigon, ounces are kept in catteries, and the city's rich use them for hunting for sport. Caldane makes reference to using Jorin for breeding in his cattery, implying that Kencyr do the same.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Honor's Paradox, "Lexicon" — "ounce—a hunting cat the size of a serval"
- ↑ tagmeth.livejournal.com, "Jorin wanta-be"
- ↑ God Stalk, Book II: Crown of Nights, "Chapter 6: Water Flow, Fire Leap" — "Below, on either side of the swift water, were the kennels, catteries, and mews that catered to the sporting element among the city's rich folk."
- ↑ Dark of the Moon, "Chapter 14: Gathering Forces" — " 'Oh, I would never harm a royal gold, even a blind one. He will make an excellent addition to my cattery as breeding stock.' Caineron stepped forward."