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raccoon

noun rac·coon \ra-ˈkün also rə-\

Simple Definition of raccoon

  • : a small North American animal with grayish-brown fur that has black fur around its eyes and black rings around its tail

  • : the fur of a raccoon

Full Definition of raccoon

plural raccoon or raccoons also racoon or racoons

  1. 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. 2 :  any of several animals resembling or related to the raccoon

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Variants of raccoon

also ra·coon \ra-ˈkün also rə-\

Origin of raccoon

Virginia Algonquian raugroughcun, arocoun


First Known Use: 1608

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