noun coy·ote \kī-ˈō-tē, chiefly Western ˈkī-ˌōt\

: a small wild animal that is related to dogs and wolves and that lives in North America

plural coyotes or coyote

Full Definition of COYOTE

:  a buff-gray to reddish-gray North American canid (Canis latrans) closely related to but smaller than the wolf
:  one who smuggles immigrants into the United States

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Origin of COYOTE

Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl coyōtl
First Known Use: 1759

Other Mammals Terms

dormouse, dugong, gibbon, grimalkin, sable, stoat, ungulate, vole
COYOTE Defined for Kids


noun coy·ote \kī-ˈō-tē, ˈkī-ˌōt\

Definition of COYOTE for Kids

:  a yellowish to reddish gray doglike animal chiefly of western North America that is closely related to but smaller than the wolf


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