Definition of cacomistle in English:


Syllabification: cac·o·mis·tle
Pronunciation: /ˈkakəˌmisəl


  • A nocturnal raccoonlike animal with a dark-ringed tail, found in North and Central America.
    • Genus Bassariscus, family Procyonidae: two species, in particular B. sumichrasti of Central America. See also ring-tailed cat
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    • Humans will hunt the cacomistle for its fur and meat, and will kill it when it preys on poultry.
    • In Utah I associate the cacomistle with the sandstone desert of the Colorado Plateau.
    • 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.


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

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