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.
Recent Examples of coyote from the Web
The coyote is believed to have come from nearby Stern Grove.
Coyotes are opportunistic feeders and thrive in suburban, urban, and rural areas.
The problem is that eagles and other scavengers eat the guts of deer or the carcasses of coyotes, woodchucks and other game shot by hunters.
Hatch described the exercise as similar to the classic cartoon with the sheep and the coyote, punching their time card for a day of work.
Holtsclaw thought the glass might have been an accident or the meat was left out for coyotes or bobcats.
Turkeys trot by, flying squirrels glide into trees, a coyote stalks a rooster pheasant.
Whether choosing a novice or advanced trail, keep an eye out for jaw-dropping scenery and wildlife, including roaming coyotes, wild horses and bighorn sheep.
Coyotes get Adam Clendening from Rangers The Arizona Coyotes have signed former New York Rangers defenseman Adam Clendening to a one-year, $650,000 contract.
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Origin and Etymology of coyote
Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl coyōtl
First Known Use: 1759See Words from the same year
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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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