The Japanese word for "Raccoon" is araiguma アライグマ.
- Raccoon vs. tanukiA tanuki タヌキ is a type of dog that resembles a raccoon, but isn't actually a raccoon.
The word "Raccoon" katakanized would be rakūn ラクーン.
- Raccoons are called araiguma because of their habit of "washing," arai 洗い, their food.
- The word lotor in the scientific name of the raccoon means "washer."
Racoon, Coon, Common Raccoon, North American Raccoon, Northern Raccoon.
Scientific name: Procyon lotor.
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