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
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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.