- a grayish-brown American mammal that has a foxlike face with a black mask and a ringed tail.
- Genus Procyon, family Procyonidae (the raccoon family): two species, in particular the common raccoon (P. lotor), which often occurs in urban areas in North America. The raccoon family also includes the coati, kinkajou, cacomistle, and olingo
early 17th century: from Virginia Algonquian aroughcun. The common raccoon's scientific name lotor is Latin for 'one who washes', a name descriptive of the raccoon's habit of using its front feet to forage for food in water