from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small plantigrade carnivorous quadruped of the arctoid series of the order Feræ, belonging to the family Procyonidæ and genus Procyon.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of raccoon.

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  • noun an omnivorous nocturnal mammal native to North America and Central America


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  • "...for an exceptional officer to cope with the loss of half the frigate's people, drafted off by the port-admiral, and their replacement by the crew of the Racoon, turned over to the Surprise in a body..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, H. M. S. Surprise, 112

    I don't know why it's spelled with only one C, but it is.

    April 1, 2008