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cacomistle

[ kak-uh-mis-uhl ]
/ ˈkæk əˌmɪs əl /
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noun

Also cac·o·mix·le [kak-uh-mis-uhl, -mik-suhl]. /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.

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Origin of cacomistle

1865–70, Americanism;<Mexican Spanish cacomiztle, cacomixtle<Nahuatl tlahcomiztli, equivalent to tlahco- half, middle + miztli cougar
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Example sentences 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

cacomistle

cacomixle (ˈkækəˌmɪksəl)

/ (ˈkækəˌmɪsəl) /

noun

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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