Definitions for raccoonræˈkun
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
any small, nocturnal carnivore of the genus Procyon, esp. P. lotor, having a masklike black stripe across the eyes and a bushy, ringed tail, native to North and Central America.
the thick, brownish gray fur of this animal.
Origin of raccoon:
1608, Amer.; < Virginia Algonquian aroughcun
the fur of the North American racoon
an omnivorous nocturnal mammal native to North America and Central America
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
a North and Central American animal with black around its eyes
A nocturnal omnivore originally living in Northern America, typically with a mixture of gray, brown, and black fur, a mask-like marking around the eyes and a striped tail; Procyon lotor.
Any mammal of the genus Procyon.
Origin: From arocoun (1608), from ärähkun, from ärähkuněm ‘he scratches with his hands’.
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
The raccoon, sometimes spelled racoon, also known as the common raccoon, North American raccoon, northern raccoon and colloquially as coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. The raccoon is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of 40 to 70 cm and a body weight of 3.5 to 9 kg. Its grayish coat mostly consists of dense underfur which insulates against cold weather. Two of the raccoon's most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous front paws and its facial mask, which are themes in the mythology of several Native American tribes. Raccoons are noted for their intelligence, with studies showing that they are able to remember the solution to tasks for up to three years. The diet of the omnivorous raccoon, which is usually nocturnal, consists of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant foods, and 27% vertebrates. The original habitats of the raccoon are deciduous and mixed forests, but due to their adaptability they have extended their range to mountainous areas, coastal marshes, and urban areas, where some homeowners consider them to be pests. As a result of escapes and deliberate introductions in the mid-20th century, raccoons are now also distributed across the European mainland, the Caucasus region and Japan.²
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