A small arboreal mammal (Bassariscus sumichrasti) of the order Carnivora, inhabiting Mexico and Central America and having a black-banded tail.
A slender, long-tailed, raccoonlike carnivore (Bassariscus astutus) of the SW U.S. and Mexico.
Other Word Forms
Origin of cacomistle
- American Spanish cacomiztle from Nahuatl tlacomiztli tlaco half, part miztli mountain lion
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition