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n. raccoon, small nocturnal mammal with a black masklike stripe across the eyes and a ringed tail (native to North and Central America)
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The raccoon , Procyon lotor (sometimes spelled racoon), also known as the common raccoon, North American raccoon, northern raccoon and colloquially as coon, is a medium-sized mammal native to North America. It is the largest of the procyonid family, having a body length of and a body weight of . The raccoon is usually nocturnal and is omnivorous, with a diet consisting of about 40% invertebrates, 33% plant foods, and 27% vertebrates. It has a grayish coat, of which almost 90% is dense underfur, which insulates against cold weather. Two of its most distinctive features are its extremely dexterous front paws and its facial mask, which are themes in the mythology of several Native American tribes. Raccoons are noted for their intelligence, with studies showing that they are able to remember the solution to tasks up to three years later.
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1. an omnivorous nocturnal mammal native to North America and Central America
(hyponym) common raccoon, common racoon, coon, ringtail, Procyon lotor
(member-holonym) Procyon, genus Procyon
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nm. coonskin, raccoon pelt
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