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 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, "Awww. Zoo Boise welcomes 6 baby coatis, part of the raccoon family," 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 19 Feb. 2020.

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