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cacomistle

[kak-uh-mis-uh l] /ˈkæk əˌmɪs əl/
noun
1.
Also, cacomixle
[kak-uh-mis-uh l, -mik-suh l] /ˈkæk əˌmɪs əl, -ˌmɪk səl/ (Show IPA)
. Also called bassarisk, ringtail, coon cat. a carnivorous animal, Bassariscus astutus, of Mexico and the southwestern U.S., related to the raccoon but smaller, with a sharper snout and longer tail.
2.
Origin of cacomistle
1865-1870
1865-70, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish cacomiztle, cacomixtle < Nahuatl tlahcomiztli, equivalent to tlahco- half, middle + miztli cougar
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  • Sometimes a stuffed recamúchi (cacomistle, bassariscus) is used either in the place of a straw-man or in addition to it.

British Dictionary definitions for cacomistle

cacomistle

/ˈkækəˌmɪsəl/
noun
1.
a catlike omnivorous mammal, Bassariscus astutus, of S North America, related to but smaller than the raccoons: family Procyonidae, order Carnivora (carnivores). It has yellowish-grey fur and a long bushy tail banded in black and white
2.
a related smaller animal, Jentinkia (or Bassariscus) sumichrasti, of Central America
Word Origin
C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl tlacomiztli, from tlaco half + miztli cougar
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