coati

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noun co·a·ti \kə-ˈwä-tē, kō-ˈä-, kwä-ˈtē\

Definition of coati

  1. :  either of two tropical American mammals (Nasua nasua and North narica) related to the raccoon but with a longer body and tail and a long flexible snout

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Origin and Etymology of coati

Portuguese quati, coati, from Tupi kwáti


First Known Use: 1676


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