raccoon dog


: a small omnivorous canid (Nyctereutes procyonoides) of eastern Asia having a long yellowish-brown coat and facial markings resembling that of a raccoon

called also tanuki

Examples of raccoon dog in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These findings didn’t establish that raccoon dogs had carried the virus into the market. David Quammen, New York Times, 25 July 2023 Most of the 24 farms that have declared outbreaks house foxes, while some have mink or raccoon dogs. Andrew Joseph, STAT, 11 Aug. 2023 Using a more sensitive threshold, the international team of scientists identified multiple COVID-positive samples containing raccoon dog genetic material, as well as others with genetic signatures of different animals thought to be susceptible to the virus. Benjamin Mueller, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Apr. 2023 Millions of people around the world consume bushmeat, or meat from wild animals—such as the raccoon dogs reported to have been sold at the Wuhan market—that has minimal regulation or monitoring. Jordan Kinard, Scientific American, 8 May 2023 The researchers found that the sample contained 1,252 genetic fragments with 100 percent identity to the raccoon dog genome with no such perfect matches to the human genome. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, 6 Apr. 2023 Advertisement The ministry also essentially approved the practice of farming minks, silver and arctic foxes, and raccoon dogs for fur but not meat. Bydennis Normile, science.org, 29 Mar. 2023 The new study also looked closely at a swab from a cart at the market in which the international team had found a trace of the virus alongside genetic signatures of raccoon dogs, but no detectable genetic material from humans. Benjamin Mueller, BostonGlobe.com, 29 Apr. 2023 Half a dozen virus-positive samples were also positive for raccoon dog DNA or RNA, often at higher amounts than human DNA. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 12 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1868, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of raccoon dog was in 1868

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“Raccoon dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raccoon%20dog. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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