Definition of coyote
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 slang : one who smuggles immigrants into the U.S.
Origin and Etymology of coyote
Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl coyōtl
First Known Use: 1759
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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
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Definition of coyote for Students
: 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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