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1. A wolflike carnivorous mammal (Canis latrans) of North and Central America, having grayish-brown or yellowish fur, large erect ears, and a drooping bushy tail. Also called prairie wolf.
2. A firefighter who is sent to battle remote, usually very severe forest fires, often for days at a time.
3. Slang A person who smuggles undocumented immigrants into the United States, especially across the Mexican border.
[American Spanish, from Nahuatl cóyotl : coyō-, coyote (from Proto-Uto-Aztecan *kwa, coyote; compare O'odham ban and Serrano (Uto-Aztecan language of the San Bernardino Mountains) wahei, coyote, and Hopi kwew, wolf) + -tl, unpossessed singular noun suffix.]
coyote(ˈkɔɪəʊt; kɔɪˈəʊt; kɔɪˈəʊtɪ)
n, pl -otes or -ote
1. (Animals) Also called: prairie wolf a predatory canine mammal, Canis latrans, related to but smaller than the wolf, roaming the deserts and prairies of North America
2. (Non-European Myth & Legend) (in Native American legends of the West) a trickster and culture hero represented as a man or as an animal
[C19: from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl coyotl]
coy•o•te(kaɪˈoʊ ti, ˈkaɪ oʊt)
n., pl. -tes, (esp. collectively) -te.
1. a wolflike, medium-sized North American canid, Canis latrans.
2. Slang. a person who smuggles Latin Americans into the U.S. for a fee.
[1825–35; earlier cuiota, cayota < Mexican Spanish coyote < Nahuatl coyōtl]
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|Noun||1.||coyote - small wolf native to western North America|
wolf - any of various predatory carnivorous canine mammals of North America and Eurasia that usually hunt in packs
coydog - offspring of a coyote and a dog
|2.||coyote - someone who smuggles illegal immigrants into the United States (usually across the Mexican border)|
|3.||coyote - a forest fire fighter who is sent to battle remote and severe forest fires (often for days at a time)|