: a genus of mammals (family Canidae) consisting of the raccoon dogs

Word History


New Latin, from Greek nyktereutēs one who hunts or fishes by night, from nykt- nyct- + ereutēs collector, exactor, from ereuein to search, investigate, ask; akin to Old Norse raun attempt, examination, reyna to test, experience

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“Nyctereutes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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