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 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, "What is Animal Crossing? What to know about the Nintendo game everyone's obsessing over," 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, "China's wet markets can include these bizarre, unusual items," 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, "Chinese government reveals draft list of animals which can be farmed for meat," 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, "China has made eating wild animals illegal after the coronavirus outbreak. But ending the trade won't be easy," 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, "Chinese officials crack down on wildlife markets as coronavirus outbreak nears 3,000 cases," 27 Jan. 2020 Moreover, raccoon dogs multiply fast, with large litters each year. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Never heard of the Minnesota raccoon dog, either? We are lucky," 23 Oct. 2019 The invading raccoon dogs were eventually chased off by people wielding big pieces of wood. John Myers, Twin Cities, "Never heard of the Minnesota raccoon dog, either? We are lucky," 23 Oct. 2019 Researchers also discovered a number of other species in the CEZ during the summer, including brown hare, red deer, moose, wild boar, red fox and raccoon dogs. Fox News, "Chernobyl shocker as endangered wild horses take up residence in the Exclusion Zone," 30 Oct. 2019

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1868, in the meaning defined above

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“Raccoon dog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/raccoon%20dog. Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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