A coyote is a wild dog that looks like a small wolf. Coyotes live in nearly every US state, and in most of Canada as well.

A coyote is a canine, a relative of the domesticated dog and the wolf. Coyotes are distinctive, different from wolves, because of their relatively small size, delicate paws, and large ears. The word coyote is Mexican Spanish, from an Aztec root, cóyotl, or "trickster." The scientific name of the coyote is Canis latrans, "barking dog" in Latin. Another informal meaning of coyote, used mainly in the US southwest and Mexico, is a smuggler of illegal immigrants.

Definitions of coyote
  1. noun
    small wolf native to western North America
    synonyms: Canis latrans, brush wolf, prairie wolf
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    offspring of a coyote and a dog
    type of:
    any of various predatory carnivorous canine mammals of North America and Eurasia that usually hunt in packs
  2. noun
    someone who smuggles illegal immigrants into the United States (usually across the Mexican border)
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    type of:
    contrabandist, moon curser, moon-curser, runner, smuggler
    someone who imports or exports without paying duties
  3. noun
    a forest fire fighter who is sent to battle remote and severe forest fires (often for days at a time)
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    type of:
    fire warden, forest fire fighter, ranger
    an official who is responsible for managing and protecting an area of forest
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