Meaning of raccoon in English:


Pronunciation /rəˈkuːn/

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(also racoon)
  • 1A greyish-brown American mammal that has a foxlike face with a black mask and a ringed tail.

    Genus Procyon, family Procyonidae (the raccoon family): two species, in particular the common raccoon (P. lotor), which often occurs in urban areas in North America. The raccoon family also includes the coati, kinkajou, cacomistle, and olingo

    ‘From North America came squirrels and raccoons, bears and bison, eagles and an elk.’
    • ‘That's when the animals are most active and it's fun to see the deer, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, and birds.’
    • ‘Still other eutherians, such as raccoons and bears, are omnivores, eating both meat and plant material.’
    • ‘Cougars normally eat deer, but will also prey on raccoons, cats and dogs if the opportunity presents itself, he said.’
    • ‘This is because the giant panda and its cousin, the lesser or red panda, share many characteristics with both bears and raccoons.’
    • ‘He mentioned in passing that as a kid here he could tell the difference between the footprints of foxes, groundhogs and raccoons.’
    • ‘There are more than 250 species of birds, in an island just 26 miles long and seven miles wide, and animals from armadillos and agoutis to racoons and opossums.’
    • ‘Desert woodrats are vulnerable to predation by coyotes, raccoons, owls, gopher and rattlesnakes, and hawks.’
    • ‘Crickets are eaten by small owls, birds, snakes, mice, frogs, raccoons, opossums and many other creatures.’
    • ‘Mammalian predators such as raccoons readily prey on frogs with seemingly no ill effects.’
    • ‘Woodlands near water are their preferred habitat, although raccoons may also be found in farmlands, suburban or urban areas.’
    • ‘For the raccoons, he left food scraps in a hubcap dish leashed by chain to a tree so the animals wouldn't drag it under the cottage.’
    • ‘Martins tend to avoid such housing as it is much more accessible to predators such as cats, raccoons, and squirrels.’
    • ‘Smaller animals such as raccoons, squirrels and rabbits are also hunted for sport.’
    • ‘During a mass emergence of periodical cicadas, almost any animal, from raccoons to raptors, will prey on them.’
    • ‘Birds of prey, crows, ravens, and raccoons try to steal their eggs and chicks.’
    • ‘In addition, one million hunters spent 19 million days hunting other animals such as raccoons and woodchucks.’
    • ‘The most common goldfish predators are herons, raccoons, and cats.’
    • ‘Remember not to leave unattended garbage around for local raccoons or opossums.’
    • ‘Snakes are prey to many animals, including large birds, foxes, raccoons and crocodiles.’
    1. 1.1mass noun The fur of the raccoon.
      ‘It can be made from a variety of pelts and hides including leather, sealskin, mink, racoon, rabbit or pigskin in hundreds of different styles.’
      • ‘No mink stole or raccoon wrap is safe from a pulpy projectile that's gone to seed.’


Early 17th century from Virginia Algonquian aroughcun.