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Raccoon

A loan-word taken from Powhatan, a now-extinct Algonquian language spoken in what is now Virginia, USA. The word derives from the Proto-Algonquian ahrah-koon-em, meaning "[the] one who rubs, scrubs and scratches with its hands". Refers to a carnivorous North American mammal of the genus Procyon. Also known as a coon, ringtail and, more recently, "trash panda".

Procyon lotor

The Latin name of the raccoon means "a dog-like washer". This animal was once known as Ursus lotor, the "washer bear", which is reflected in its name in many languages.

  • vaskebjørn - Danish
  • Waschbär - German
  • pesukaru - Estonian
  • Þvottabjörn - Icelandic
  • orsetto lavatore - Italian
  • mosómedve - Hungarian
  • wasbeer - Dutch
  • vaskebjørn - Norwegian
  • pesukarhu - Finnish
  • tvättbjörn - Swedish

Rakuuna

Finnish. Pronounced raccoon-ah. Refers to a dragoon, a soldier that belongs to mounted infantry.

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What is the word for raccoon in your language? Does the word mean anything else? Is there a word in your language that sounds like raccoon but means something else?

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Thank you for your very interesting comment! :)

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Raccoon in italian is also "Procione" :) or "Orsetto lavatore"

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"너구리" (noeguri) in Korean. I don't think I've hear 너구리 used as something other than raccoon, however -slighty irrelevant- if you take away the "너" it turns into "구리" meaning "copper". [[^::

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https://www.duolingo.com/Jack.Elliot
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I put some of it on the blog for you

with a few wee edits

http://jackelliot.over-blog.com/2017/02/the-raccoon-by-zzzzz.html

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Rakuuna in Finnish also means tarragon (the herb). :-)

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The Czech word is "mýval". It also means something like "washer".

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Thank you. How would you refer to a human being who is a washer? :)

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That would be "umývač" or possibly "myč" (those are masculine forms, the feminine ones would be "umývačka" or "myčka"; the latter also means "dishwasher" - the machine).

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A Washerwoman is a laundress

. a woman who takes in laundry.

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A Washwoman describe a woman or a man

that likes to spread gossip.

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Scrubber would also be used as a washer

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