co·​a·​ti kə-ˈwä-tē How to pronounce coati (audio)
kwä-ˈtē How to pronounce coati (audio)
: either of two tropical American mammals (Nasua nasua and N. narica) related to the raccoon but with a longer body and tail and a long flexible snout

Illustration of coati

Illustration of coati

Examples of coati in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And here was the print of a coati. Guest, Discover Magazine, 16 June 2015 Skunk, bear, and coati walk these trails along the ditch. Citizen Science Salon, Discover Magazine, 30 Mar. 2015 And for Johnny the coati, a distant relative of the racoon, that means enticing him with a spoonful of honey inside of a plastic container, prompting him to stick his head inside while a vet administers the vaccine. San Diego Union-Tribune, 3 Aug. 2021 Larissa Pratta Campos, a veterinary student, has helped treat wild boar, marsh deer, birds, primates and a raccoon-like creature called a coati. Scott Reinhard, New York Times, 13 Oct. 2020 Many, like the coati—a raccoon relative—are found wandering along the roadside, dehydrated and exhausted. Jill Langlois, National Geographic, 2 Oct. 2020 Black bears, ocelots, pronghorn and coati call the area home. Erin Stone, azcentral, 13 May 2020 This marks the second year in a row that Bella and Rose have delivered a total of six coati kits, Littman said. John Sowell, idahostatesman, 29 June 2017 See More

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Word History


Portuguese quati, coati, from Tupi kwáti

First Known Use

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of coati was in 1676

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“Coati.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a tropical American mammal related to the raccoon but with a longer body and tail and a long flexible snout

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