Word of the day : tanuki


  • (noun): The raccoon dog, Nyctereutes procyonoides, often regarded as a shapeshifter.

Example Sentences

  • In Japanese folklore, the tanuki is the badger of excess.
  • A tanuki is a raccoon like dog that lives in Japan, but in their myths and stories, they have special powers like shapeshifting.
  • The Furry-Legged Teapot by Tim Myers is a version of a Japanese folktale in which a tanuki a Japanese raccoon-dog transforms himself into a teapot.
  • In Japanese paintings, statues, stories, song, and lore, the tanuki raccoon dog is feted for his magical powers and the physical size of his cojones.
  • One morning, as the little tanuki was sitting with his father, he remembered, with a start, that his mother had taught him all she knew of magic, and that he could work spells as well as his father, or perhaps better.