any of a genus (Nasua) of small, tree-dwelling, raccoonlike carnivores with a long, flexible snout, found in Mexico and Central and South America
Origin of coatiTupí from cua, a cincture + tim, the nose: so called from appearance of its snout
nounpl. coati, or co·a·tis
Any of several omnivorous mammals of the genera Nasua and Nasuella of South and Central America and the southwest United States, having a dark or rust coat, a long flexible snout, and a ringed tail.
Origin of coatiSpanish coatí Portuguese coati from Tupí cua belt tim nose
OriginSee also: coatí
From Old Tupi.