from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A carnivorous North American mammal (Procyon lotor) having grayish-brown fur, black masklike facial markings, and a black-ringed bushy tail.
- n. The fur of this mammal.
- n. Any of various similar or related animals.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A nocturnal omnivore originally living in North America, typically with a mixture of gray, brown, and black fur, a mask-like marking around the eyes and a striped tail; Procyon lotor.
- n. Any mammal of the genus Procyon.
- n. Any mammal of the subfamily Procyoninae, a procyonine.
- n. Any mammal of the family Procyonidae, a procyonid.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A North American nocturnal carnivore (Procyon lotor) allied to the bears, but much smaller, and having a long, full tail, banded with black and gray. Its body is gray, varied with black and white. Called also coon, and mapach.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See racoon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an omnivorous nocturnal mammal native to North America and Central America
- n. the fur of the North American racoon
Of Virginia Algonquian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From arocoun (1608), from Powhatan ärähkun, from ärähkuněm ‘he scratches with his hands’. (Wiktionary)