noun ra·coon

less common spelling of

  1. 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 nutsb :  the pelt of this animal

  2. 2 :  any of several animals resembling or related to the raccoon

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