Definition of coatimundi in English:

coatimundi

noun

  • another term for coati
    • ‘Likelier to be encountered are javelinas (collared peccaries) and coatimundis (large, ring-tailed cousins of the raccoon).’
    • ‘Among the animals selected are birds of assorted sizes and habits, tortoises, iguanas, and mammals (especially primates but also peccaries, agoutis, and coatimundis).’
    • ‘A coatimundi raccoon is still on the rescue centre site because it can't be moved as it comes under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act.’
    • ‘At the visitor center, you can learn about the park's many inhabitants, among them deer, peccaries, and coatimundis (a raccoonlike animal ranging from Central America into Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona).’
    • ‘When Foster lost his funding, he left Matola with custody of two jaguars, a puma, an anteater, a tayra, three coatimundis, five curassows, and a cage of parrots.’

Origin

Late 17th century: from Portuguese, from Tupi kuatimu'ne, from kua'ti (see coati) + mu'ne snare or trick. The coatimundi was originally thought to be a different species from the coati.

Pronunciation:

coatimundi

/kəʊˌɑːtɪˈmʌndi/