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raccoon

Line breaks: rac|coon
Pronunciation: /rəˈkuːn
 
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(also racoon)

Definition of raccoon in English:

noun

1A greyish-brown American mammal which has a foxlike face with a black mask, a ringed tail, and the habit of washing its food in water.
Example sentences
  • From North America came squirrels and raccoons, bears and bison, eagles and an elk.
  • That's when the animals are most active and it's fun to see the deer, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, and birds.
  • Still other eutherians, such as raccoons and bears, are omnivores, eating both meat and plant material.
1.1 [mass noun] The fur of the raccoon.
Example sentences
  • It can be made from a variety of pelts and hides including leather, sealskin, mink, racoon, rabbit or pigskin in hundreds of different styles.
  • No mink stole or raccoon wrap is safe from a pulpy projectile that's gone to seed.

Origin

early 17th century: from Virginia Algonquian aroughcun.

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