Definition of coyote in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkɔɪəʊt/
Pronunciation: /kɔɪˈəʊti/

noun (plural same or coyotes)

1A wolf-like wild dog native to North America. Also called brush wolf or prairie wolf in North America.
  • Canis latrans, family Canidae.
Example sentences
  • There are 36 species of Canidae, including dogs, wolves, coyotes, jackals and foxes.
  • Other predators are red foxes, coyotes, wolves, bear, mountain lions, lynx, bobcats, eagles, and great horned owls.
  • Eagles, rattlesnakes, deer, pronghorn antelope, foxes, coyotes, and mountain lions roam the area.
2North American informal A person who smuggles people from Latin America across the US border, typically for a very high fee.
Example sentences
  • Over time I was also able to use non-American friends as coyotes to smuggle refills.
  • To get past the border guards, immigrants from Mexico hire smugglers - called coyotes - to guide them through crossing points.
  • His only choice was to travel to Tijuana and hire a coyote (immigrant smuggler) to take him across the border.


Mid 18th century: from Mexican Spanish, from Nahuatl coyotl.

Words that rhyme with coyote

Capote, coatee, dhoti, floaty, goaty, oaty, peyote, roti, throaty

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