noun, plural raccoons (especially collectively) raccoon.
a nocturnal carnivore, Procyon lotor, having a masklike black stripe across the eyes, a sharp snout, and a bushy, ringed tail, native to North and Central America and introduced elsewhere for its valuable fur.
the thick, brownish-gray fur of this animal, with gray, black-tipped guard hairs.
any of various related animals of the genus Procyon, of Central American islands, some now rare.

1600–10, Americanism; < Virginia Algonquian (E spelling) aroughcun

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raccoon or racoon (rəˈkuːn)
n , pl -coons, -coon
1.  any omnivorous mammal of the genus Procyon, esp P. lotor (North American raccoon), inhabiting forests of North and Central America and the Caribbean: family Procyonidae, order Carnivora (carnivores). Raccoons have a pointed muzzle, long tail, and greyish-black fur with black bands around the tail and across the face
2.  the fur of the North American raccoon
[C17: from Algonquian ärähkun, from ärähkuněm he scratches with his hands]
racoon or racoon
[C17: from Algonquian ärähkun, from ärähkuněm he scratches with his hands]

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1608, arocoun, from Algonquian (Powhatan) arahkun, from arahkunem "he scratches with the hands." Early forms included Capt. John Smith's raugroughcum. In Norw., vaskebjørn, lit. "wash-bear."
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Example sentences
As far as the raccoon with the big nuts, your guess is as good as mine.
The sensitive hands of the raccoon help it see what it touches.
But the local raccoon that hunts by night and the car that rolls past are
Named for its red fur, the red panda is about the size of a raccoon and sports
  a long curled tail.
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