from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A small wolflike carnivorous animal (Canis latrans) native to western North America and found in many other regions of the continent. Also called prairie wolf.
  • n. A firefighter who is sent to battle remote, usually very severe forest fires, often for days at a time.
  • n. Slang A person who smuggles illegal immigrants into the United States, especially across the Mexican border.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Canis latrans, a species of canine native to North America.
  • n. A smuggler of illegal immigrants across the land border from Mexico into the United States of America.
  • v. To prospect for gold by manually digging holes into overlying earth, as into a hillside.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A carnivorous animal (Canis latrans), allied to the dog, found in the western part of North America; -- called also prairie wolf. Its voice is a snapping bark, followed by a prolonged, shrill howl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Spanish and now the usual name of the common prairie- or barking-wolf of western North America, Canis latrans, abundant almost everywhere from the great plains to the Pacific.
  • n. No less than eleven species of coyotes have been recognized by Merriam, the name Canis latrans being restricted to the eastern form whose type-locality is Iowa. The species from Lower California is C. peninsuiæ; the Californian form is C. ochropus; and that from Indian Territory is C. frustror.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. someone who smuggles illegal immigrants into the United States (usually across the Mexican border)
  • n. a forest fire fighter who is sent to battle remote and severe forest fires (often for days at a time)
  • n. small wolf native to western North America


American Spanish, from Nahuatl cóyotl.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Spanish coyote, from Nahuatl coyotl. (Wiktionary)



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  • from coyotl also see ixtlac chichi (another word meaning coyote) that literally means 'wild dog' see chichi

    October 2, 2010