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Definition of "coonskin" [coonskin]

  • The pelt of a raccoon. (noun)
  • An article, such as a hat, made of the pelts of raccoons. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "coonskin" in a sentence
  • "Governor Moore, inviting us to come to Montgomery, all thought of uniformity in dress was lost in the enthusiasm evoked by the knowledge that our services were accepted; and even after the hastily prepared uniforms were issued by the new Government my company clung tenaciously to "coonskin" head-dress, which made a striking contrast to the gray caps worn by the other companies."
  • "He wears a smooth "'coonskin" fur hat, glazed all over with sweat and grease from his head, and looks black and sleek as a dandy's boots."
  • "Beaker & Flask is known for high-octane cocktails, both refined and capable of turning your head inside out so that you're wearing your brain as a kind of coonskin cap."