Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An omnivorous mammal (Procyon lotor) native to the Americas and introduced elsewhere, having grayish-brown fur, black masklike facial markings, and a black-ringed bushy tail.
  • noun The fur of this mammal.
  • noun Any of various similar or related animals.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See racoon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Zoöl.) 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.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the tanate.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the cacomixle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Any mammal of the genus Procyon.
  • noun Any mammal of the subfamily Procyoninae, a procyonine.
  • noun Any mammal of the family Procyonidae, a procyonid.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an omnivorous nocturnal mammal native to North America and Central America
  • noun the fur of the North American racoon

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Of Virginia Algonquian origin.]

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From arocoun (1608), from Powhatan ärähkun, from ärähkuněm ‘he scratches with his hands’.

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  • DALLAS, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. retailer Neiman Marcus has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine for advertising "faux fur" on coats trimmed in Asian raccoon dog, authorities said.

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  • DALLAS, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. retailer Neiman Marcus has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine for advertising "faux fur" on coats trimmed in Asian raccoon dog, authorities said.

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  • DALLAS, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. retailer Neiman Marcus has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine for advertising "faux fur" on coats trimmed in Asian raccoon dog, authorities said.

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  • DALLAS, Feb. 2 (UPI) -- U.S. retailer Neiman Marcus has agreed to pay a $25,000 fine for advertising "faux fur" on coats trimmed in Asian raccoon dog, authorities said.

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  • The definition of this word is inaccurate. Raccoons are omnivorous.

    August 27, 2012

  • 2 of the above 4 definitions specify omnivorous. Wordnik does not create the definitions, it aggregates them from online dictionaries and databases.

    August 27, 2012