from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of four species of omnivorous mammals of the genera Nasua or Nasuella of South and Central America and the southwest United States, related to and resembling the raccoon but having a longer snout and tail.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several omnivorous mammals, of the genus Nasua in order Carnivora, that live in the range from southern United States to northern Argentina.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mammal of tropical America of the genus Nasua, allied to the raccoon, having a ringed tail but with a longer body, tail, and nose; -- called also coati mondi and coati mundi.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An American plantigrade carnivorous quadruped, of the family Procyonidæ, subfamily Nasuinæ, and genus Nasua (which see), inhabiting tropical and subtropical regions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. omnivorous mammal of Central America and South America


Spanish coatí and Portuguese coati, from Tupi : cua, belt + tim, nose.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Tupi. (Wiktionary)


  • "I had no clue how to spell the word they threw out," he said, referring to "coati," a tropical American carnivore whose language of origin could not be traced by the judges.'s Homepage Articles

  • “I was called away because one of the guests thought she saw an injured coati near one of the trails.”


  • The coati turned violently on his small constituency, all that remained of his once powerful band.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • Though he had been drinking steadily to keep out the cold, sufficient faculties remained to nun to reveal that the coati had been through a difficult time.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • Many days passed in retracing then: difficult route until the coati was convinced the curse of truth had been lifted from him, and true to his promise he remained in the service of the shopowner until the day he died, of an excessive imbibulation of a certain high-proof booze.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • The scarred dandy of a coati in particular looked like a tough customer.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • "None could have foreseen it, " insisted the coati who led them.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • The coati was conversing rapidly with three of the four raccoons.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • At this critical moment the coati bravely scampered forward and made a gallant if misguided effort to rally his dispirited troops.

    The Lives of Felix Gunderson

  • With short tail switching and cat-eyes piercing the night she looked as if she might just have emerged from a stage version of _Puss n 'Boots_, though the way her companion coati was pawing her was anything but fairytalish.

    A Corridor in the Asylum


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