Definition of cacomistle in English:

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cacomistle

Pronunciation: /ˈkakə(ʊ)ˌmɪs(ə)l/

noun

A nocturnal raccoon-like animal with a dark-ringed tail, found in North and Central America.
  • Genus Bassariscus, family Procyonidae: two species. See also ring-tailed cat
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

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