cacomistle


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cac·o·mis·tle

 (kăk′ə-mĭs′əl)
n.
1. A small arboreal mammal (Bassariscus sumichrasti) of the order Carnivora, inhabiting Mexico and Central America and having a black-banded tail.
2. The ringtail.

[American Spanish cacomiztle, from Nahuatl tlacomiztli : tlaco, half, part + miztli, mountain lion.]

cacomistle

(ˈkækəˌmɪsəl) (ˈkækəˌmɪksəl) ,

cacomixle

or

cacomixl

n
1. (Animals) a catlike omnivorous mammal, Bassariscus astutus, of S North America, related to but smaller than the raccoons: family Procyonidae, order Carnivora (carnivores). It has yellowish-grey fur and a long bushy tail banded in black and white
2. (Animals) a related smaller animal, Jentinkia (or Bassariscus) sumichrasti, of Central America
[C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl tlacomiztli, from tlaco half + miztli cougar]

cac•o•mis•tle

or cac•o•mix•le

(ˈkæk əˌmɪs əl)

n.
a slender, raccoonlike carnivorous mammal, Bassariscus astutus, of Mexico and the southwestern U.S., with a long tail.
[1865–70, Amer.; < Mexican Spanish cacomiztle, cacomixtle < Nahuatl tlahcomiztli]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cacomistle - raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white ringscacomistle - raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white rings
procyonid - plantigrade carnivorous mammals
References in periodicals archive ?
Ecology of the Central American cacomistle, Bassariscus sumichrasti, in Costa Rica.
Unusual or rare species, for example Pousargues's mongoose (Dologale dybowskii) and the cacomistle (Bassariscus sumichrasti), would not likely be known to most people, even biology teachers.
Family Procyonidae Bassariscus astutus (Lichtenstein, 1830) Cacomistle, Ringtail