Definition of raccoon in English:


(also racoon)


  • 1A greyish-brown American mammal which has a foxlike face with a black mask, a ringed tail, and the habit of washing its food in water.

    • ‘Birds of prey, crows, ravens, and raccoons try to steal their eggs and chicks.’
    • ‘He mentioned in passing that as a kid here he could tell the difference between the footprints of foxes, groundhogs and raccoons.’
    • ‘Woodlands near water are their preferred habitat, although raccoons may also be found in farmlands, suburban or urban areas.’
    • ‘Snakes are prey to many animals, including large birds, foxes, raccoons and crocodiles.’
    • ‘Remember not to leave unattended garbage around for local raccoons or opossums.’
    • ‘Martins tend to avoid such housing as it is much more accessible to predators such as cats, raccoons, and squirrels.’
    • ‘Crickets are eaten by small owls, birds, snakes, mice, frogs, raccoons, opossums and many other creatures.’
    • ‘Still other eutherians, such as raccoons and bears, are omnivores, eating both meat and plant material.’
    • ‘Smaller animals such as raccoons, squirrels and rabbits are also hunted for sport.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This is because the giant panda and its cousin, the lesser or red panda, share many characteristics with both bears and raccoons.’
    • ‘The most common goldfish predators are herons, raccoons, and cats.’
    • ‘Desert woodrats are vulnerable to predation by coyotes, raccoons, owls, gopher and rattlesnakes, and hawks.’
    • ‘Mammalian predators such as raccoons readily prey on frogs with seemingly no ill effects.’
    • ‘In addition, one million hunters spent 19 million days hunting other animals such as raccoons and woodchucks.’
    • ‘Cougars normally eat deer, but will also prey on raccoons, cats and dogs if the opportunity presents itself, he said.’
    • ‘During a mass emergence of periodical cicadas, almost any animal, from raccoons to raptors, will prey on them.’
    • ‘That's when the animals are most active and it's fun to see the deer, raccoons, opossums, rabbits, and birds.’
    • ‘From North America came squirrels and raccoons, bears and bison, eagles and an elk.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1[mass 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.