tanuki

noun
ta·​nu·​ki | \ tä-ˈnü-kē How to pronounce tanuki (audio) \

Definition of tanuki

: the fur of a raccoon dog also : raccoon dog

Examples of tanuki in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many Japanese woodblock prints depict a tanuki kneading its testes into the shape of various objects, such as raincoats or fishing nets. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "There Are No Losers in the Animal Crossing Economy," 15 Apr. 2020 In 2016, British outlets ran a story about a man in Blackpool who was concerned people would mistake his tanuki for a feral raccoon. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "Can People Really Mistake a Bear for a Dog, as This Family Claims?," 16 May 2018 The miniature houses with front stoops guarded by potted plants and tanuki (raccoon dog) figurines had a stillness about them. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Ise-Shima Peninsula Is a Portal Into Old Japan," 2 June 2017 Raccoon Dog A raccoon dog, or tanuki, named Tanu burst to fame on the Internet after his owner tweeted photos of his pet. National Geographic, "The Dark Side of Trendy Animal Photos," 22 Feb. 2016 Many different animals can be raised in captivity for the fur trade: minks, foxes, chinchillas, and raccoon dogs (also known as tanuki or Asiatic raccoons). National Geographic, "Fur Farms Still Unfashionably Cruel, Critics Say," 17 Aug. 2016 The miniature houses with front stoops guarded by potted plants and tanuki (raccoon dog) figurines had a stillness about them. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Ise-Shima Peninsula Is a Portal Into Old Japan," 2 June 2017 Camera traps captured images of a bison, 21 boars, nine badgers, 26 gray wolves, 60 raccoon dogs (an Asian species also called a tanuki), and 10 red foxes. National Geographic, "Animals Rule Chernobyl Three Decades After Nuclear Disaster," 18 Apr. 2016

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First Known Use of tanuki

circa 1929, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for tanuki

Japanese, raccoon dog

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“Tanuki.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tanuki. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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