any of a genus (Procyon, family Procyonidae) of small, tree-climbing, American carnivores, active largely at night and characterized by long, yellowish-gray fur, black, masklike markings across the eyes, and a long, black-ringed tail
< Virginia Algonquian aroughcun
See raccoon in American Heritage Dictionary 4
nounpl.rac·coons or raccoon also ra·coons or racoon
A carnivorous North American mammal (Procyon lotor) having grayish-brown fur, black masklike facial markings, and a black-ringed bushy tail.