Pronunciation: (kī-ō'tē, kī'ōt), [key]
—pl. -tes, (esp. collectively) -te.
1. Also called prairie wolf. a 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. Slang.a contemptible person, esp. an avaricious or dishonest one.
3. Amer. Ind. Legend.the coyote regarded as a culture hero and trickster by American Indian tribes of the West.
4. Slang.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.