Meaning of cacomistle in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkakə(ʊ)ˌmɪs(ə)l/


  • A nocturnal raccoon-like animal with a dark-ringed tail, found in North and Central America.

    Genus Bassariscus, family Procyonidae: two species. See also
    ring-tailed cat

    ‘Humans will hunt the cacomistle for its fur and meat, and will kill it when it preys on poultry.’
    • ‘In Utah I associate the cacomistle with the sandstone desert of the Colorado Plateau.’
    • ‘Like their cousins the cacomistles and ringtailed cats, Kinkajous can turn their hind feet backwards, so that the clawed toes can be used when descending head-first.’
    • ‘The cacomistle of Costa Rica is similar to the ring-tailed cat of North America, having a very bushy white tail with black rings and white spectacles around the eyes.’
    • ‘In this terrain the cacomistle, a catlike raccoon, lives in rock crevices.’
    • ‘For the most part, cacomistles are solitary.’


Mid 19th century from Latin American Spanish cacomixtle, from Nahuatl tlacomiztli.