Definitions for raccoonræˈkun
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