Definition of raccoon in English:

raccoon

Syllabification: rac·coon
Pronunciation: /raˈko͞on
 
/
(also racoon)

noun

1A grayish-brown American mammal that has a foxlike face with a black mask and a ringed tail.
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  • 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.
1.1The fur of the raccoon.
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  • 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. 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.

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