American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The pelt of a raccoon.
- n. An article, such as a hat, made of the pelts of raccoons.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The skin of the racoon dressed with the fur on, used chiefly for making caps.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. a cap made from the skin of a raccoon, with the tail hanging down the back; -- called also coonskin cap.
- n. a raccoon cap with the tail hanging down the back
“Governor Moore, inviting us to come to Montgomery, all thought of uniformity in dress was lost in the enthusiasm evoked by the knowledge that our services were accepted; and even after the hastily prepared uniforms were issued by the new Government my company clung tenaciously to "coonskin" head-dress, which made a striking contrast to the gray caps worn by the other companies.”
“He wears a smooth "'coonskin" fur hat, glazed all over with sweat and grease from his head, and looks black and sleek as a dandy's boots.”
“Beaker & Flask is known for high-octane cocktails, both refined and capable of turning your head inside out so that you're wearing your brain as a kind of coonskin cap.”
“Let's look at the bellicose record of the three presidents from the Lone Star State, starting with the one who was going to nail that coonskin to the wall in Vietnam, Lyndon Johnson.”
“Fashion a coonskin cap out of one of your pelts (maybe dye it hunter orange and hope you don't run into anyone colorblind), dawn some brain-tanned tasseled leathers and moccasins, and the deer will just stand there and stare in amazement.”
“When I was a kid we have a few Wyeth prints hanging up, The one of Jamie Wyeth in the coonskin cap and this one "Blue Door" Basically because I put them up and my mother was indifferent about art and never changed them. at”
“And yet, and yet . . . he is Davy Crockett, the American's American, folk hero and icon, exemplar of frontier independence, template of man at home alone in the wilderness, teller of tales, drinker of whiskey, a sharpshooting legend in buckskins and a coonskin cap, famous in his own time and ours.”
“It would "diminish his role," Mr. Barnett said, "having 12 people with coonskin caps.”
“If you are walking into a gun show or anyother gun function with your authenticlly made leather pants with a eagle feather in your coonskin hat, look at yourself in the mirrior and ask "Do I look like a person people are going to take seriously.”
“Of course, I was silly enough to pay my own way down there and got paid a coonskin hat for my troubles, but they did put me up for free overnight.”
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