[kak-uh-mis-uh l]


Also cac·o·mix·le [kak-uh-mis-uh l, -mik-suh l] /ˈkæk əˌmɪs əl, -ˌmɪk səl/. 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.

Nearby words

  1. cacogeusia,
  2. cacographic,
  3. cacography,
  4. cacology,
  5. cacomelia,
  6. caconym,
  7. cacoon,
  8. cacophonic,
  9. cacophonous,
  10. cacophony

Origin of cacomistle

1865–70, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish cacomiztle, cacomixtle < Nahuatl tlahcomiztli, equivalent to tlahco- half, middle + miztli cougar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for cacomistle

  • 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


cacomixle (ˈkækəˌmɪksəl)


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
a related smaller animal, Jentinkia (or Bassariscus) sumichrasti, of Central America

Word Origin for cacomistle

C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl tlacomiztli, from tlaco half + miztli cougar

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