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- noun zoology Any member of the
Procyonidae, a New Worldfamily of the order Carnivora, including the raccoons, coatis, kinkajous, olingos, ringtailsand cacomistles.
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- noun plantigrade carnivorous mammals
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While the red panda is considered a procyonid, the mainstream view now is that the giant panda is indeed a bear, although it diverged from the main ursid line long enough ago to exhibit some striking differences in addition to the enlarged radial sesamoid, such as chromosome number, skull anatomy, and other traits.