What does coyote mean?

Definitions for coyote
kaɪˈoʊ ti, ˈkaɪ oʊtcoy·ote

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. coyote, prairie wolf, brush wolf, Canis latransnoun

    small wolf native to western North America

  2. coyotenoun

    someone who smuggles illegal immigrants into the United States (usually across the Mexican border)

  3. coyotenoun

    a forest fire fighter who is sent to battle remote and severe forest fires (often for days at a time)


  1. coyotenoun

    A species of canine native to North America.

  2. coyotenoun

    A smuggler of illegal immigrants across the land border from Mexico into the United States of America.

  3. Etymology: From coyote, from coyotl.


  1. Coyote

    The coyote (Canis latrans) is a species of canine native to North America. It is smaller than its close relative, the wolf, and slightly smaller than the closely related eastern wolf and red wolf. It fills much of the same ecological niche as the golden jackal does in Eurasia. The coyote is larger and more predatory and was once referred to as the American jackal by a behavioral ecologist. Other historical names for the species include the prairie wolf and the brush wolf. The coyote is listed as least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, due to its wide distribution and abundance throughout North America. The species is versatile, able to adapt to and expand into environments modified by humans. It is enlarging its range by moving into urban areas in the eastern U.S. and Canada. The coyote was sighted in eastern Panama (across the Panama Canal from their home range) for the first time in 2013. The coyote has 19 recognized subspecies. The average male weighs 8 to 20 kg (18 to 44 lb) and the average female 7 to 18 kg (15 to 40 lb). Their fur color is predominantly light gray and red or fulvous interspersed with black and white, though it varies somewhat with geography. It is highly flexible in social organization, living either in a family unit or in loosely knit packs of unrelated individuals. Primarily carnivorous, its diet consists mainly of deer, rabbits, hares, rodents, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates, though it may also eat fruits and vegetables on occasion. Its characteristic vocalization is a howl made by solitary individuals. Humans are the coyote's greatest threat, followed by cougars and gray wolves. In spite of this, coyotes sometimes mate with gray, eastern, or red wolves, producing "coywolf" hybrids. In the northeastern regions of North America, the eastern coyote (a larger subspecies, though still smaller than wolves) is the result of various historical and recent matings with various types of wolves. Genetic studies show that most North American wolves contain some level of coyote DNA. The coyote is a prominent character in Native American folklore, mainly in Aridoamerica, usually depicted as a trickster that alternately assumes the form of an actual coyote or a man. As with other trickster figures, the coyote uses deception and humor to rebel against social conventions. The animal was especially respected in Mesoamerican cosmology as a symbol of military might. After the European colonization of the Americas, it was seen in Anglo-American culture as a cowardly and untrustworthy animal. Unlike wolves, which have seen their public image improve, attitudes towards the coyote remain largely negative.


  1. coyote

    A coyote is a mammal native to North America that belongs to the Canidae family, which also includes animals such as wolves, foxes, and domestic dogs. It is similar in appearance to a small German Shepherd dog. Coyotes are known for their adaptability as they can survive in various habitats, including deserts, forests, mountains, and even urban areas. They are primarily carnivorous, feeding on small mammals, birds, and reptiles, but can also eat fruits and plants. The term "coyote" can also colloquially refer to a person who smuggles immigrants across the US-Mexico border.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Coyotenoun

    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

  2. Etymology: [Spanish Amer., fr. Mexican coyotl.]


  1. Coyote

    The coyote, also known as the American jackal, brush wolf, or the prairie wolf, is a species of canine found throughout North and Central America, ranging from Panama in the south, north through Mexico, the United States, and Canada. It occurs as far north as Alaska and all but the northernmost portions of Canada. The term is also used for the Eastern Coyote, which contains not only C. latrans but also significant percentages of Canis lupus lycaon ancestry. Currently, 19 subspecies are recognized, with 16 in Canada, Mexico, and the United States, and three in Central America. Unlike the related gray wolf, which is Eurasian in origin, evolutionary theory suggests the coyote evolved in North America during the Pleistocene epoch 1.81 million years ago alongside the dire wolf. Although not closely related, the coyote evolved separately to fill roughly the same ecological niche in the Americas that is filled in Eurasia and Africa by the similarly sized jackals. Unlike the wolf, the coyote's range has expanded in the wake of human civilization, and coyotes readily reproduce in metropolitan areas.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Coyote

    ko-yōt′e, n. a prairie wolf, abundant in Mexico and Texas. [Mex. coyotl.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Coyote is ranked #46404 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Coyote surname appeared 459 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Coyote.

    73.8% or 339 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    13.7% or 63 total occurrences were White.
    11.3% or 52 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of coyote in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of coyote in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of coyote in a Sentence

  1. The Yonkers Police Department:

    This coyote, including a second coyote observed traveling with the same, is suspected of multiple biting attacks in Yonkers and the surrounding jurisdictions over the past several days.

  2. Kama Simonds:

    The llama was a coyote-deterrent, for the protection of the goats.

  3. Brian Porter:

    It was a pretty big animal, by the far biggest coyote I've ever seen.

  4. Glenn Thrush:

    No one — not the bullpen of the New York Mets, not the French army, not Wile E. Coyote, not even Al Gore — is better at squandering a commanding lead than the Queen of Coasting, Hillary Rodham Clinton. And nobody is better at handing her adversaries talking points to undermine trust, on emails, on the Clinton Foundation, on her own refusal to do something as simple as talking to the reporters who cover her every day.

  5. Michael Robinson:

    This is a very sad event that raises questions about coyote hunters who seem to be shooting indiscriminately at anything that moves.

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    (used especially of glances) directed to one side with or as if with doubt or suspicion or envy
    • A. splay
    • B. numinous
    • C. sesquipedalian
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