nounpl. -·coons′ or -·coon′
- 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
- its fur
Origin of raccoonfrom Virginia Algonquian aroughcun
nounpl. rac·coons, or raccoon also ra·coons or racoon
- An omnivorous mammal (Procyon lotor) native to the Americas and introduced elsewhere, having grayish-brown fur, black masklike facial markings, and a black-ringed bushy tail.
- The fur of this mammal.
- Any of various similar or related animals.
Origin of raccoonOf Virginia Algonquian origin
- A nocturnal omnivore native to North 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.
- Any mammal of the subfamily Procyoninae, a procyonine.
- Any mammal of the family Procyonidae, a procyonid.
From arocoun (1608), from Powhatan Ã¤rÃ¤hkun, from Ã¤rÃ¤hkunÄ›m (“he scratches with his hands").