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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.]
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cacomistle(ˈkækəˌmɪsəl) (ˈkækəˌmɪksəl) ,
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]
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or cac•o•mix•le(ˈkæk əˌmɪs əl)
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]
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|Noun||1.||cacomistle - raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white rings|
Bassariscus astutus, bassarisk, cacomixle, civet cat, miner's cat, raccoon fox, ringtail, ring-tailed cat, coon cat
procyonid - plantigrade carnivorous mammals
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