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Meaning of coyote

coy•o•te

Pronunciation: (kī-ō'tē, kī'ōt), [key]
— pl. -tes, -te.
  1. Also calleda buffy-gray, wolflike canid, Canis latrans, of North America, distinguished from the wolf by its relatively small size and its slender build, large ears, and narrow muzzle.
  2. a contemptible person, esp. an avaricious or dishonest one.
  3. the coyote regarded as a culture hero and trickster by American Indian tribes of the West.
  4. a person who smuggles Mexican nationals across the border into the U.S. for a fee.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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