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raccoon (n.)

also racoon, "small plantigrade carnivorous quadruped," common in the warmer parts of North America, c. 1600, arocoun, from Algonquian (Powhatan) arahkun, from arahkunem "he scratches with the hands." Early forms included Capt. John Smith's raugroughcum. In Norwegian, vaskebjørn, literally "wash-bear," from its habit of dipping its food in water before eating it.

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Definitions of raccoon from WordNet

raccoon (n.)
the fur of the North American racoon;
raccoon (n.)
an omnivorous nocturnal mammal native to North America and Central America;
Synonyms: racoon
From wordnet.princeton.edu