coati

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

any tropical American carnivore of the genus Nasua, related to the raccoon, having an elongated body, long, ringed tail, and a slender, flexible snout.

Nearby words

  1. coated tongue,
  2. coated vesicle,
  3. coatee,
  4. coates,
  5. coatesville,
  6. coatimundi,
  7. coating,
  8. coatrack,
  9. coatroom,
  10. coats disease

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

Origin of coati

1670–80; < Portuguese < Tupi

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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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Word Origin and History for coati

coati

n.

Brazilian raccoon, 1670s, from Tupi (Brazil), from cua "belt, cincture" + tim "nose."

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