raccoon
also racoon noun (plural raccoon or raccoons; also racoon or racoons) Etymology: Virginia Algonquian raugroughcun, arocoun Date: 1608 1. a. a small nocturnal carnivore (Procyon lotor) of North America that is chiefly gray, has a black mask and bushy ringed tail, lives chiefly in trees, and has a varied diet including small animals, fruits, and nuts b. the pelt of this animal 2. any of several animals resembling or related to the raccoon

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  • Raccoon — Rac*coon (r[a^]k*k[=oo]n ), n. [F. raton, prop., a little rat, fr. rat rat, perhaps of German origin. See {Rat}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A North American nocturnal carnivore ({Procyon lotor}) allied to the bears, but much smaller, and having a long, full… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • raccoon — ☆ raccoon [ra ko͞on′ ] n. pl. raccoons or raccoon [< Virginia Algonquian aroughcun] 1. any of a genus (Procyon, family Procyonidae) of small, tree climbing, American carnivores, active largely at night and characterized by long, yellowish gray …   English World dictionary

  • raccoon — (n.) also racoon, c.1600, arocoun, from Algonquian (Powhatan) arahkun, from arahkunem he scratches with the hands. Early forms included Capt. John Smith s raugroughcum. In Norwegian, vaskebjèrn, lit. wash bear …   Etymology dictionary

  • raccoon — (also racoon) ► NOUN ▪ a greyish brown omnivorous American mammal with a black facial mask and a ringed tail. ORIGIN from an Algonquian dialect word …   English terms dictionary

  • Raccoon — For other species called raccoon in the genus Procyon, see Procyon (genus). For other uses, see Raccoon (disambiguation). Raccoon …   Wikipedia

  • raccoon — /ra koohn /, n., pl. raccoons, (esp. collectively) raccoon. 1. a nocturnal carnivore, Procyon lotor, having a masklike black stripe across the eyes, a sharp snout, and a bushy, ringed tail, native to North and Central America and introduced… …   Universalium

  • Raccoon — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Raccoon signifie en anglais raton laveur ou un représentant du genre Procyon en général ; racoon est le nom d un raton laveur de Guadeloupe ; La …   Wikipédia en Français

  • raccoon — UK [rəˈkuːn] / US [ræˈkun] noun Word forms raccoon : singular raccoon plural raccoons a) [countable] a small animal with a black and white face and a long tail that lives mainly in North and Central America b) [uncountable] the fur from a raccoon …   English dictionary

  • raccoon — rac|coon racoon [rəˈku:n, ræ US ræ ] n [Date: 1600 1700; : Virginia Algonquian; Origin: äräkhun] 1.) a small North American animal with black fur around its eyes and black and grey rings on its tail 2.) [U] the skin and thick fur of a raccoon ▪ a …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • raccoon — [[t]ræku͟ːn[/t]] raccoons N COUNT (The spelling racoon is also used. Raccoon can also be used as the plural form.) A raccoon is a small animal that has dark coloured fur with white stripes on its face and on its long tail. Raccoons live in… …   English dictionary

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