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noun, plural co·a·tis.
  1. any tropical American carnivore of the genus Nasua, related to the raccoon, having an elongated body, long, ringed tail, and a slender, flexible snout.
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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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Historical Examples of coati

  • The Island of Coati, but a short distance to the south-east, was sacred to the moon.

    The Prehistoric World

    E. A. Allen

  • The coati is about a yard in length, nearly half of which belongs to the tail.

  • And it descends the trunks of trees head first, just as the coati does.

  • Suddenly the coati began to go slower and slower and then stopped short.

    The Inca Emerald

    Samuel Scoville

  • Not far from Titicaca is the island of Coati, sacred to the moon.

    A Manual of the Historical Development of Art

    G. G. (Gustavus George) Zerffi

British Dictionary definitions for coati


coati-mondi or coati-mundi (kəʊˌɑːtɪˈmʌndɪ)

noun plural -tis or -dis
  1. 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
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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


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

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