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coati

[ koh-ah-tee ]
/ koʊˈɑ ti /
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noun, plural co·a·tis.

a diurnal omnivore related to the raccoon, having an elongated body, a long, ringed, nonprehensile tail, and a slender, flexible snout: the two genera are Nasua, found in the southwestern U.S. and southward to Uruguay, and Nasuella, the mountain coatis of Venezuela, Colombia, and Ecuador.

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Also called co·a·ti·mun·di [koh-ah-tee-muhn-dee] /koʊˈɑ tiˈmʌn di/ .

Origin of coati

First recorded in 1670–80; from Portuguese, from Tupi, equivalent to cua “belt” + ti, tim “nose”
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British Dictionary definitions for coati

coati

coati-mondi or coati-mundi (kəʊˌɑːtɪˈmʌndɪ)

/ (kəʊˈɑːtɪ) /

noun plural -tis or -dis

any omnivorous mammal of the genera Nasua and Nasuella, of Central and South America: family Procyonidae, order Carnivora (carnivores). They are related to but larger than the raccoons, having a long flexible snout and a brindled coat

Word Origin for coati

C17: from Portuguese coatì, from Tupi, literally: belt-nosed, from cua belt + tim nose
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