Meaning of raccoon

rac•coon

Pronunciation: (ra-kn'), [key]
— pl. -coons, -coon.
  1. a nocturnal carnivore, Procyon &hasp;lotor, having a masklike black stripe across the eyes, a sharp snout, and a bushy, ringed&hasp; tail, native to North and Central America and introduced elsewhere for its valuable fur.
  2. the thick, brownish-gray fur of this animal, with gray, black-tipped guard hairs.
  3. any of various related animals of&hasp; the genus Procyon, of Central American islands, some now rare.
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