Definition of cacomistle in English:

cacomistle

noun

  • A nocturnal raccoon-like animal with a dark-ringed tail, found in North and Central America.

    • ‘In Utah I associate the cacomistle with the sandstone desert of the Colorado Plateau.’
    • ‘The cacomistle of Costa Rica is similar to the ring-tailed cat of North America, having a very bushy white tail with black rings and white spectacles around the eyes.’
    • ‘Like their cousins the cacomistles and ringtailed cats, Kinkajous can turn their hind feet backwards, so that the clawed toes can be used when descending head-first.’
    • ‘For the most part, cacomistles are solitary.’
    • ‘Humans will hunt the cacomistle for its fur and meat, and will kill it when it preys on poultry.’
    • ‘In this terrain the cacomistle, a catlike raccoon, lives in rock crevices.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin American Spanish cacomixtle, from Nahuatl tlacomiztli.

Pronunciation:

cacomistle

/ˈkakə(ʊ)ˌmɪs(ə)l/