coati

[koh-ah-tee]
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.
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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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

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
n.

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

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