raccoon dog

noun

Definition of 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 Among the top suspects for that intermediate animal: the fluffy raccoon dog. New York Times, 21 Mar. 2022 Although the origin of the virus is thought to be from a wild animal, either directly from a bat or though an intermediate host like a civet cat or a raccoon dog, domesticated and zoo animals haven’t been implicated in the virus’s spread. Michelle Fay Cortez, Fortune, 16 Nov. 2021 In New Horizons, the player's character has purchased a Deserted Island Getaway Package from Tom Nook, a Japanese raccoon dog who's been in every title of the series. Ed Masley, azcentral, 15 Apr. 2020 The Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market in Wuhan, before its closure, advertised dozens of species such as giant salamanders, baby crocodiles and raccoon dogs that were often referred to as wildlife, even when they were farmed, according to the AP. Frank Miles, Fox News, 11 Apr. 2020 The initial outbreak of the novel coronavirus epidemic has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan, capital of Hubei province in Central China, where a wide variety of wild animals were being sold as meat, including snakes, porcupine and raccoon dogs. Ben Westcott, CNN, 10 Apr. 2020 Snakes, raccoon dogs, porcupines and deer were just some of the species crammed inside cages, side by side with shoppers and store owners, according to footage obtained by CNN. Ben Westcott, CNN, 5 Mar. 2020 Footage taken from inside the market show wild animals such as snakes, raccoon dogs, porcupines and deer inside cages waiting to be purchased. Alicia Lee, CNN, 27 Jan. 2020 Moreover, raccoon dogs multiply fast, with large litters each year. John Myers, Twin Cities, 23 Oct. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of raccoon dog

1868, in the meaning defined above

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26 Mar 2022

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“Raccoon dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raccoon%20dog. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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