slang A raccoon. Raccoons have a penchant for rooting through trash for food. Raccoons have a penchant for rooting through trash for food, and the coloring around their eyes is often likened to the stereotypical mask attributed to thieves and bandits. Our trash cans got knocked over again? Ugh, must be those darn trash bandits at it again. That's no cat—it's a trash bandit!
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