[ ra-koon ]
/ ræˈkun /
noun, plural rac·coons, (especially collectively) rac·coon.
a nocturnal omnivore, Procyon lotor,the largest member of the family Procyonidae, having a masklike black stripe across the eyes, a sharp snout, a bushy, ringed tail, and very dexterous front paws, native to North and Central America and introduced elsewhere for its valuable fur: more than 20 subspecies have been named.
the thick, brownish-gray fur of this animal, with gray, black-tipped guard hairs.
any of various related animals of the genus Procyon, of Central American islands, some now rare.
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Also ra·coon .
Origin of raccoon
An Americanism dating back to 1600–10; from Virginia Algonquian (English spelling) aroughcun, from arahkunem “he scratches with his hands”
Words nearby raccoon
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British Dictionary definitions for raccoon
/ (rəˈkuːn) /
noun plural -coons or -coon
any omnivorous mammal of the genus Procyon, esp P. lotor (North American raccoon), inhabiting forests of North and Central America and the Caribbean: family Procyonidae, order Carnivora (carnivores). Raccoons have a pointed muzzle, long tail, and greyish-black fur with black bands around the tail and across the face
the fur of the North American raccoon
Word Origin for raccoon
C17: from Algonquian ärähkun, from ärähkuněm he scratches with his hands
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