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)



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  • 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

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

    August 27, 2012