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- racoon [from 17th c.]
- rarowcun [17th c.]
- r'coon (colloquial contraction)
- coon (colloquial contraction)
- (UK) IPA(key): /ɹəˈkuːn/
- (US) IPA(key): /ɹæˈkun/, /ɹəˈkun/
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- Rhymes: -uːn
raccoon (plural raccoons)
- A nocturnal omnivore native to 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.
- 1624, John Smith, The Generall Historie of Virginia, New-England, and the Summer Isles: […], London: […] I[ohn] D[awson] and I[ohn] H[aviland] for Michael Sparkes, OCLC 1049014009, (please specify |book=1 to 6); reprinted in The Generall Historie of Virginia, [...] (Bibliotheca Americana), Cleveland, Oh.: The World Publishing Company, 1966, OCLC 633956660:
- Before a fire upon a seat like a bedsted, he sat covered with a great robe, made of Rarowcun skinnes, and all the tayles hanging by.
- 1634, William Wood, “Of the Beasts that Live on the Land”, in New Englands Prospect. A True, Lively, and Experimentall Description of that Part of America, Commonly Called New England; […], London: […] Tho[mas] Cotes, for Iohn Bellamie, […], OCLC 837516736, 1st part, page 22:
- The Rackoone is a deepe furred beaſt, not much unlike a Badger, having a tayle like a Fox, as good meate as a Lambe; there is one of them in the Tovver.
- 2010, Charlie Brooker, "Screen Burn", The Guardian, 3 Apr 2010:
- Thus we're presented with […] a man who has the head of his penis bitten off by a raccoon, then bleeds to death in a forest.
- Any mammal of the genus Procyon.
- Any mammal of the subfamily Procyoninae, a procyonine.
- Any mammal of the family Procyonidae, a procyonid.
- (loosely, proscribed) Any mammal superficially resembling a raccoon, such as a raccoon dog.
- (Procyon lotor): coon (colloquial), common raccoon, North American raccoon, northern raccoon, trash panda
- coon dog
- Cozumel raccoon (Procyon pygmaeus)
- crab-eating raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus)
- in a raccoon's age / in a coon's age
- pygmy raccoon (Procyon pygmaeus)
- raccoon butterfly (Chaetodon fasciatus)
- raccoon butterflyfish, (Chaetodon lunula)
- raccoon dog (Nyctereutes procyonoides)
- raccoon eyes
nocturnal omnivore living in North America, Procyon lotor
any mammal of the genus Procyon
any mammal of the subfamily Procyoninae
any mammal of the family Procyonidae