[kahy-oh-tee, kahy-oht]
noun, plural coyotes (especially collectively) coyote.
Also called prairie wolf. a buffy-gray, wolflike canid, Canis latrans, of North America, distinguished from the wolf by its relatively small size and its slender build, large ears, and narrow muzzle.
Slang. a contemptible person, especially an avaricious or dishonest one.
American Indian Legend. the coyote regarded as a culture hero and trickster by American Indian tribes of the West.
Slang. a person who smuggles Mexican nationals across the border into the U.S. for a fee.

1825–35; earlier cuiota, cayota < Mexican Spanish coyote < Nahuatl coyōtl Unabridged
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coyote (ˈkɔɪəʊt, kɔɪˈəʊt, kɔɪˈəʊtɪ)
n , pl -otes, -ote
1.  Also called: prairie wolf a predatory canine mammal, Canis latrans, related to but smaller than the wolf, roaming the deserts and prairies of North America
2.  (in Native American legends of the West) a trickster and culture hero represented as a man or as an animal
[C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl coyotl]

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Word Origin & History

1759, Amer.Eng., from Mexican Sp., from Nahuatl coyotl.
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Example sentences
Coyote for the building of a roadrunner-meat processing plant.
On the edges of a sheep farm, a coyote lurks, licking his chops.
In a curious predator-prey role reversal, the pronghorn antelope pursued a
  coyote across a knoll.
Be on the lookout for elk and coyote trotting through.
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