from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A raccoonlike omnivorous mammal (Bassariscus astutus) of Mexico and southwestern U. S. having a long bushy tail with black and white rings.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as bassaris, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. raccoon-like omnivorous mammal of Mexico and the southwestern United States having a long bushy tail with black and white rings
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But for someone who's used bassarisk and loved it, this is toned down.