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

Definition of coyote

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coyotes

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coyote

  1. 1 :  a buff-gray to reddish-gray swift carnivorous mammal (Canis latrans) of North America that is closely related to but smaller than the wolf, has a narrow pointed muzzle and triangular ears, hunts singly or in small groups, and is known for its various distinctive vocalizations (such as barks, yips, and howls) The coyote is often considered a threat to livestock. Despite being hunted and trapped, the coyote has expanded its original range and is found in all states except Hawaii.

  2. 2 slang :  one who smuggles immigrants into the U.S.

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Origin and Etymology of coyote

Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl coyōtl

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COYOTE Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of coyote for English Language Learners

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


COYOTE Defined for Kids

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noun coy·ote \kī-ˈō-tē, ˈkī-ˌōt\

Definition of coyote for Students

  1. :  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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