Definitions for cacomistleˈkæk əˌmɪs əl

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  1. bassarisk, cacomistle, cacomixle, coon cat, raccoon fox, ringtail, ring-tailed cat, civet cat, miner's cat, Bassariscus astutus(noun)

    raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white rings

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  1. Cacomistle

    The cacomistle, Bassariscus sumichrasti, is a nocturnal, arboreal and omnivorous member of the carnivoran family Procyonidae. Its preferred habitats are wet, tropical, evergreen woodlands and mountain forests, though seasonally it will venture into drier deciduous forests. Nowhere in its range is B. sumichrasti common. This is especially true in Costa Rica, where it inhabits only a very small area. It is completely dependent on forest habitat, making it particularly susceptible to deforestation. In IPA, its name is pronounced "cacomistle" [kækə-mɪsᵊl], or "cacomixle" [kækə-mɪksᵊl]. The term cacomistle is from the Nahuatl language and means "half cat" or "half mountain lion"; it is sometimes also used to refer to the ringtail, Bassariscus astutus, a similar species that inhabits arid northern Mexico and the American Southwest.


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