coyote[kī ōt′ē, kī′ōt′]
- The definition of a coyote is a wild animal that belongs to the dog family, or slang for a person who sneaks illegal aliens into the United States from Mexico.
- An example of a coyote is the Looney Tunes character Wile E. from the Roadrunner cartoons.
- An example of a coyote is someone who drives across the Mexico/US border hiding illegal immigrants under cargo in their van.
coyote definition by Webster's New World
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coyote definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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.
- A firefighter who is sent to battle remote, usually very severe forest fires, often for days at a time.
- Slang A person who smuggles illegal immigrants into the United States, especially across the Mexican border.
Origin: American Spanish, from Nahuatl cóyotl.
Variant of coyote