• WordNet 3.6
    • n coati omnivorous mammal of Central America and South America
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Cinderella is known as Rashin Coatie in Scotland, Zezolla in Italy, and Yeh-hsien in China
    • n Coati (Zoöl) A mammal of tropical America of the genus Nasua, allied to the raccoon, having a ringed tail but with a longer body, tail, and nose; -- called also coati mondi and coati mundi.☞ The red coati (Nasua socialis), called also coati mondi, inhabits Mexico and Central America. The brown coati (Nasua narica) is found in Surinam and Brazil.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n coati An American plantigrade carnivorous quadruped, of the family Procyonidæ, subfamily Nasuinæ, and genus Nasua (which see), inhabiting tropical and subtropical regions. It is most nearly related to the racoons, but has an elongated body, a long tail, and an attenuated and very flexible snout, whence the generic name Nasua. In general aspect the coatis resemble the ring-tailed bassaris, and still more some of the old-world ichneumons or Viverridæ, to which family these animals were formerly referred. There are two distinct species of coatis or coatimondis, the synonymy of which has been almost inextricably confused, nearly all the names which have been given to one having been also applied to the other. One is the red, ring-tailed, or Brazilian coati, Viverra nasua of Linnæus, now known as Nasua rufa, also formerly as N. vulpecula, N. quasje, N. fusca, N. socialis, N. solitaria, etc., of various writers, which is the southern form, ranging over the greater part of South America. The other is the brown or Mexican coati, Viverra narica of Linnæus, now called Nasua narica, ranging from the isthmus of Panama through Central America and the warmer parts of Mexico.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Coati kō-ä′ti or kō′a-ti an American plantigrade carnivorous mammal allied to the raccoons
    • Coati Also Coä′ti-mun′di
    • n Coati kō-ä′ti or kō′a-ti, an American plantigrade carnivorous mammal allied to the raccoons
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From the native name: cf. F. coati,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

I shall then have tame goats; I will also have Guinea-pigs, agoutis, and coatis.
"The Solitary of Juan Fernandez, or The Real Robinson Crusoe" by Joseph Xavier Saintine
So they called her Rushen Coatie, and made her sit in the kitchen nook, amid the ashes.
"More English Fairy Tales" by Various
On the island of Coati there are remarkable ruins.
"Ancient America, in Notes on American Archaeology" by John D. Baldwin
The lively coatis traverse the forests in flocks.
"Travels in Peru, on the Coast, in the Sierra, Across the Cordilleras and the Andes, into the Primeval Forests" by J. J. von Tschudi
Coatis are gregarious and arboreal in habit, and feed on birds, eggs, lizards and insects.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
All our lads grew quick, they ne'er wore out a suit, and I put their wee breeks and coaties awa'.
"Christine" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
The raccoon belongs to North America, the coati to Central and Southern America.
"Natural History in Anecdote" by Various
Additionally there was a large number of coati skins.
"The Recent Mammals of Tamaulipas, Mexico" by Ticul Alvarez
He came down a sadder and a better coati, and retired with shame and fear to an outer corner.
"Curiosities of Civilization" by Andrew Wynter

In news:

As well as jaguars and maned wolves, the researchers hope to clone black lion tamarins, bush dogs, coatis, collared anteaters, gray brocket deer and bison.
Parque Machia has monkeys, bears, ocelots, coatis, macaws, eagles, and pumas , but tourists mainly get to the monkeys, which are very relaxed with humans.