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raccoon eye(s)

1. Discoloration in the area surrounding the eye(s) due to an accumulation of blood, as caused by periorbital ecchymosis (i.e., "black eye(s)"). Likened to the black patches around the eyes of a raccoon. He had a pretty bad raccoon eye after the bully punched him in the face. I had raccoon eyes for several days after my car accident.
2. A discoloration immediately around—and especially under—the eye(s) due to the smearing or heavy application of dark-colored makeup. Likened to the black patches around the eyes of a raccoon. She wouldn't have such a problem with raccoon eyes if she didn't wear so much makeup to begin with! Whenever I cry, it causes my makeup to run and give me raccoon eyes.
3. A discoloration immediately around—and especially under—the eye(s) due to prolonged fatigue or lack of sleep. Likened to the black patches around the eyes of a raccoon. I must not sleep very soundly because I always have these raccoon eyes when I wake up.
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a coon's age

An exceptionally long period of time. Based on the folk belief that raccoons (shortened colloquially to "coons") had a longer-than-average lifespan. Primarily heard in US, South Africa. It will take a coon's age to get all this work finished! I haven't been on a vacation in a coon's age.
See also: age
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Wildlife biologists say the problem was aggravated by the release of raccoons from other farms that sustained bomb damage in the war.
He said raccoons were imported by some men in Gilan in the 1980s who had a plan to sell their fur.
Western Oregon cities and towns - with wooded hills, rivers and thousands of outdoor pet food dishes - are like heaven for urban raccoons, and that inevitably sets up conflicts with humans, said Brian Wolfer, district wildlife biologist with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
It's especially problematic when the fur is sourced from China where domestic dogs and cats and raccoon dogs are killed in gruesome ways, even skinned alive.
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She guessed it was a raccoon and never thought anything more of it until she got a call telling her she was correct and had won the seven-day trip with pounds 250 spending money.
A RUNAWAY raccoon was reunited with its owners yesterday after going on a 15-mile adventure across North Wales.
The party is for Old Raccoon," his mother whispered.
Cat pelts are considered exotic species, while the three mainstays in the fur trade business here are beaver, raccoon and muskrat.
Such animals are easily caught by raccoons or scavenged after death and the B.
In this regard, raccoons Procyon lotor cause substantial destruction of marine turtle nests in Florida and throughout the southeastern United States (Stancyk 1982); thus, they exemplify an abundant native vertebrate that negatively impacts the conservation of endangered species (e.
Raccoons and opossums: Five front and rear toes make these animal tracks identifiable.
Vaccinating the city's raccoons against canine distemper in the early 1990s successfully reduced the prevalence of the disease in these urban scavengers.
While the characters are portrayed as fun and charismatic, if not slightly mischievous, the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) warns that real-life raccoons, squirrels, skunks, opossum and other wildlife should be observed from afar and not fed or treated as pets.
To the Editor: Baylisascaris procyonis, an intestinal roundworm that infects raccoons (Procyon lotor), causes fatal or severe neural larva migrans in animals and humans (1,2).