co·​a·​ti | \ kə-ˈwä-tē How to pronounce coati (audio) , kō-ˈä-, kwä-ˈtē How to pronounce coati (audio) \

Definition of coati

1 : 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

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Examples of coati in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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

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First Known Use of coati

1676, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for coati

Portuguese quati, coati, from Tupi kwáti

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“Coati.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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