(Science: zoology) A North American nocturnal carnivore of the genus procyon of the family procyonidae (Procyon lotor) which allied to the bears, but much smaller, and having a long, full tail, banded with black and gray. Two subgenera and seven species are currently recognised.
Origin: F. Raton, prop, a little rat, fr. Rat rat, perhaps of German origin. See Rat.