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[koh-ah-tee] /koʊˈɑ ti/
noun, plural coatis.
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, coati-mondi, coati-mundi
[koh-ah-tee-muhn-dee] /koʊˈɑ tiˈmʌn di/ (Show IPA)
Origin of coati
1670-80; < Portuguese < Tupi Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • First one paw and then another relaxed, until, with a thud, the coati and iguana struck the ground together both stone-dead.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • Suddenly the coati began to go slower and slower and then stopped short.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • His snout is prominent and raised; and by which character he is more like the coati than any other animal.

    Buffon's Natural History. Volume VIII (of 10) Georges Louis Leclerc de Buffon
  • 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
  • The coati is about a yard in length, nearly half of which belongs to the tail.

  • They call this boy the coati, His name is strange, and so is he.

    Animal Children Edith Brown Kirkwood
  • The Island of coati, but a short distance to the south-east, was sacred to the moon.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • The boys rushed over and found Pinto's tiny, deadly arrow embedded deep in the coati's side.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • There followed a startling pop, and a white speck flashed through the air toward the coati.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
  • The coati tasted like roast 'possum, while the flesh of the giant lizard was as white and tender as chicken.

    The Inca Emerald Samuel Scoville
British Dictionary definitions for coati


noun (pl) -tis, -dis
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
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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