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Compound of pesu (washing) +‎ karhu (bear); calque of Swedish tvättbjörn and German Waschbär (raccoon).


  • IPA(key): /ˈpesuˌkɑrhu/, [ˈpe̞s̠uˌkɑrhu]
  • Rhymes: -ɑrhu
  • Syllabification: pe‧su‧kar‧hu


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  1. raccoon, Procyon lotor
  2. raccoon (any species in the genus Procyon)

Usage notes[edit]

A working group for naming mammals proposed in 2008 that the raccoon be named supi in Finnish because a) all other species in the genus have supi in their name (although the genus is called pesukarhut), b) the raccoon is not a karhu (bear), and c) the term supi has been used for raccoon fur in Finland and for the animal by Finnish Americans. Opponents claim that this proposed change would be confusing because the term pesukarhu is unambiguous and raccoon dog is supikoira in Finnish and is often called supi in colloquial speech. As a result, supi has not gained popularity as the Finnish name for the raccoon.


Inflection of pesukarhu (Kotus type 1/valo, no gradation)
nominative pesukarhu pesukarhut
genitive pesukarhun pesukarhujen
partitive pesukarhua pesukarhuja
illative pesukarhuun pesukarhuihin
singular plural
nominative pesukarhu pesukarhut
accusative nom. pesukarhu pesukarhut
gen. pesukarhun
genitive pesukarhun pesukarhujen
partitive pesukarhua pesukarhuja
inessive pesukarhussa pesukarhuissa
elative pesukarhusta pesukarhuista
illative pesukarhuun pesukarhuihin
adessive pesukarhulla pesukarhuilla
ablative pesukarhulta pesukarhuilta
allative pesukarhulle pesukarhuille
essive pesukarhuna pesukarhuina
translative pesukarhuksi pesukarhuiksi
instructive pesukarhuin
abessive pesukarhutta pesukarhuitta
comitative pesukarhuineen
Possessive forms of pesukarhu (type valo)
possessor singular plural
1st person pesukarhuni pesukarhumme
2nd person pesukarhusi pesukarhunne
3rd person pesukarhunsa


  • supi (disputed, see "Usage notes" above)