coati

[koh-ah-tee]
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] .


Origin:
1670–80; < Portuguese < Tupi

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coati, coati-mondi or coati-mundi (kəʊˈɑːtɪ, kəʊˌɑːtɪˈmʌndɪ)
 
n , 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
 
[C17: from Portuguese coatì, from Tupi, literally: belt-nosed, from cua belt + tim nose]
 
coati-mondi, coati-mondi or coati-mundi
 
n
 
[C17: from Portuguese coatì, from Tupi, literally: belt-nosed, from cua belt + tim nose]
 
coati-mundi, coati-mondi or coati-mundi
 
n
 
[C17: from Portuguese coatì, from Tupi, literally: belt-nosed, from cua belt + tim nose]

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coati
1676, from Tupi (Brazil), from cua "cincture" + tim "nose."
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Example sentences
Kermit hunted industriously and brought in an occasional armadillo, coati, or agouti for the naturalists.
The gases decompose in the tube and form the coati ng layers on the fuel kernels.
Furthermore, its galvanized zinc coati building resources.
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