cacomistle

cacomistle

[kak-uh-mis-uhl]
noun
1.
Also, cacomixle [kak-uh-mis-uhl, -mik-suhl] . Also called bassarisk, ringtail, coon cat. a carnivorous animal, Bassariscus astutus, of Mexico and the southwestern U.S., related to the raccoon but smaller, with a sharper snout and longer tail.

Origin:
1865–70, Americanism; < Mexican Spanish cacomiztle, cacomixtle < Nahuatl tlahcomiztli, equivalent to tlahco- half, middle + miztli cougar

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cacomistle or cacomixle (ˈkækəˌmɪsəl, ˈkækəˌmɪksəl)
 
n
1.  a catlike omnivorous mammal, Bassariscus astutus, of S North America, related to but smaller than the raccoons: family Procyonidae, order Carnivora (carnivores). It has yellowish-grey fur and a long bushy tail banded in black and white
2.  a related smaller animal, Jentinkia (or Bassariscus) sumichrasti, of Central America
 
[C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl tlacomiztli, from tlaco half + miztli cougar]
 
cacomixle or cacomixle
 
n
 
[C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl tlacomiztli, from tlaco half + miztli cougar]

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cacomistle

(Bassariscus), either of two species of large-eyed, long-tailed carnivores related to the raccoon (family Procyonidae). Cacomistles are grayish brown with lighter underparts and white patches over their eyes. The total length is about 60-100 cm (24-40 inches), about half of which is the bushy, black-and-white-ringed tail. The animals weigh about 1 kg (2.2 pounds) and have small faces with long ears and pointed snouts. They are arboreal and nocturnal and feed on a variety of small animals, fruit, and vegetation. The gestation period is about 51-54 days, and litters contain from one to five (usually three or four) young

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