raccoon

noun
rac·​coon | \ ra-ˈkün How to pronounce raccoon (audio) also rə- \
variants: or less commonly
plural raccoon or raccoons also racoon or racoons

Definition of raccoon

1a : 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 1a

Examples of raccoon in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In November 1926, Coolidge pardoned the raccoon and adopted it. Christina Morales New York Times, Star Tribune, "Presidential pooches back in style," 11 Dec. 2020 On the wilder side, a raccoon dubbed Burnie was rescued from the Blue Ridge fire near Anaheim. Faith E. Pinho, chicagotribune.com, "Cougar cubs, raccoons, cats hurt by fires find new homes," 4 Dec. 2020 On the wilder side, a raccoon dubbed Burnie was rescued from the Blue Ridge fire near Anaheim. Faith E. Pinho, chicagotribune.com, "Cougar cubs, raccoons, cats hurt by fires find new homes," 4 Dec. 2020 On the wilder side, a raccoon dubbed Burnie was rescued from the Blue Ridge fire near Anaheim. Los Angeles Times, "Cougar cubs, raccoons, kitty cats. After rehab, animals hurt by fires find new homes," 21 Nov. 2020 One of the oddest White House pets was a raccoon later named Rebecca that was sent to President Calvin Coolidge to be served at Thanksgiving dinner. Christina Morales New York Times, Star Tribune, "Presidential pooches back in style," 11 Dec. 2020 Spreading from animal to animal when the stocky, raccoon-size marsupials bite each other, the transmissible cancer has killed up to 80% of the devils in Tasmania, their only home for millennia. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, "Tasmanian devils claw their way back from extinction," 10 Dec. 2020 The raccoon got into a scuffle with a dog and climbed up into a chandelier before finally exiting the house. Alex Chaet, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 25 Dec. 2020 The raccoon, estimated to be between 2 and 3 years old, arrived at the Wetlands & Wildlife Care Center in Huntington Beach on Nov. 2 covered in smoke and soot, said executive director Debbie McGuire. Faith E. Pinho, chicagotribune.com, "Cougar cubs, raccoons, cats hurt by fires find new homes," 4 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of raccoon

1608, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for raccoon

Virginia Algonquian raugroughcun, arocoun

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The first known use of raccoon was in 1608

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“Raccoon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raccoon. Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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raccoon

noun

English Language Learners 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

raccoon

noun
rac·​coon | \ ra-ˈkün \

Kids Definition of raccoon

: a small North American animal that is mostly gray with black around the eyes, has a bushy tail with black rings, is active mostly at night, and eats small animals, fruits, eggs, and insects

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