coonskin

[ koon-skin ]
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noun
  1. the pelt of a raccoon.

  2. an article of clothing made of coonskin, especially a cap with a tail.

adjective
  1. made of coonskin: a coonskin cap.

Origin of coonskin

1
An Americanism dating back to 1615–25; coon + skin

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How to use coonskin in a sentence

  • coonskin drew a long breath, and said loud enough to be heard a mile away, "Damfino."

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck | R. Pitcher Woodward
  • So coonskin waded in and, tying the reins around the broken traces, led the horse on to dry land at a safe distance.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck | R. Pitcher Woodward
  • After assisting coonskin to stable the donks and secure the dogs, I perused a newspaper while my young neophyte went out to smoke.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck | R. Pitcher Woodward
  • coonskin was somewhat embarrassed, but I praised his pluck in glowing terms, and put him at ease.

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck | R. Pitcher Woodward
  • But coonskin and I, and even our interpreter, ate sparingly (I use the word "ate," because there was so much meat in it).

    On a Donkey's Hurricane Deck | R. Pitcher Woodward

British Dictionary definitions for coonskin

coonskin

/ (ˈkuːnˌskɪn) /


noun
  1. the pelt of a raccoon

  2. a raccoon cap with the tail hanging at the back

  1. US an overcoat made of raccoon

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