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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Coyote \Coy"o*te\ (k?"?-t? or k?"?t), n. [Spanish Amer., fr. Mexican coyotl.] (Zool.) 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. [1913 Webster]