noun (plural coatis)
A raccoonlike animal found mainly in Central and South America, with a long, flexible snout and a ringed tail. Also called coatimundi.
- Genera Nasua and Nasuella, family Procyonidae: three or four species, in particular Nasua nasua, whose range reaches the southern US
More example sentences
- The reserve provides a home to 1,800 black howler monkeys as well as 250 species of birds, deer, coatis, anteaters, peccaries, and iguana.
- Many eggs are destroyed by this unfortunate timing, and predators (mainly coyotes, raccoons, opossums and coatis in Costa Rica) account for further losses.
- While the plants in the center help most animals in the graph, they have a special relation to the tree-dwelling mammals in the set: spider monkeys, howler monkeys, and coatis.
early 17th century: from Spanish and Portuguese, from Tupi kua'ti, from cua 'belt' + tim 'nose'.
Definition of coati in:
- The British & World English dictionary