Definition of coyote in English:
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
- 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.
- 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.