Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A wolflike carnivorous mammal (Canis latrans) of North and Central America, having grayish-brown or yellowish fur, large erect ears, and a drooping bushy tail.
  • noun A firefighter who is sent to battle remote, usually very severe forest fires, often for days at a time.
  • noun Slang A person who smuggles illegal immigrants into the United States, especially across the Mexican border.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The Spanish and now the usual name of the common prairie- or barking-wolf of western North America, Canis latrans, abundant almost everywhere from the great plains to the Pacific.
  • noun No less than eleven species of coyotes have been recognized by Merriam, the name Canis latrans being restricted to the eastern form whose type-locality is Iowa. The species from Lower California is C. peninsuiæ; the Californian form is C. ochropus; and that from Indian Territory is C. frustror.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) A carnivorous animal (Canis latrans), allied to the dog, found in the western part of North America; -- called also prairie wolf. Its voice is a snapping bark, followed by a prolonged, shrill howl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Canis latrans, a species of canine native to North America.
  • noun A smuggler of illegal immigrants across the land border from Mexico into the United States of America.
  • verb To prospect for gold by manually digging holes into overlying earth, as into a hillside.

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

  • noun someone who smuggles illegal immigrants into the United States (usually across the Mexican border)
  • noun a forest fire fighter who is sent to battle remote and severe forest fires (often for days at a time)
  • noun small wolf native to western North America

Etymologies

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

[American Spanish, from Nahuatl cóyotl.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Spanish coyote, from Nahuatl coyotl.

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  • from coyotl also see ixtlac chichi (another word meaning coyote) that literally means 'wild dog' see chichi

    October 2, 2010