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coon:

see raccoonraccoon,
nocturnal New World mammal of the genus Procyon. The common raccoon of North America, Procyon lotor, also called coon, is found from S Canada to South America, except in parts of the Rocky Mts. and in deserts.
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coon

1. Informal short for raccoon
2. Offensive slang a Black or a native Australian
3. South African offensive a person of mixed race
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Coon Come saw it as an unambitious re-hash of previous promises.
Minstrelsy, coon songs, and blackface humor," Tosches notes, "were a staple of the recording industry since its birth.
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From the first, Coon insists that hagiography be approached as "sacred fiction": literary inventions for religious purposes, even in the case of historical figures and even when written by someone who knew the holy man or woman personally.
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Coon shouting, the last descendent of the nineteenth-century minstrel show, represented not only popular theatre's transition from blackface minstrelsy to American vaudeville, but found currency in and capitalized on the suppressed identities of these Jewish performers.
Matthew Coon Come, the Cree grand chief for 12 years and one of Canada's best-known Native spokesmen on the world stage, decided not to run again.
Trimble draws these conclusions from his work in the Coon Creek Basin in southwestern Wisconsin.
The coon also emerged during the ante-bellum era, as the Northern counterpart of the Sambo figure.
Zip Coon and Jim Crow, stock figures in most minstrel shows, acted as stand-ins for the country lad and the city boy in older comedies.
Blacks have been called by the names of various animals, including buck, fox, monkey, ape and coon.