...Tanooki (sometimes spelled tanuki) is not pronounced ta-nu-kay, but ta-nu-kee.

I guess this is an easy mistake to make, since a lotta Japanese words end in "ay" that are usually pronouced "ee" in America. (like karate, usually pronounced ka-RA-tee, but should be ka-ra-teh; and the movie Princess Mononoke)
Tanuki rhymes with kooky (but not cookie)
by James M. May 02, 2003
One of the many suits mario can grab
Mario can turn into a tanooki
by TheNuke January 29, 2003
In ancient Japanese lore, the Tanooki was a raccoon-like animal that had the ability to turn into stone when threatened by predators.
Look, it's a Tanooki!
by Michael G. January 28, 2003
The world's most versatile word.

Tanooki should be yelled during any and every situation. Fuck someone over? Tanooki. During sex? Cumming? Tanooki! While drinking? Fuck "cheers". Tanooki is where it's at.
Bitch, you just got Tanooki-ed.

"Ta.. Ta.. Ta.. TA... TANOOKI!!!!!"
by Duffman828 November 28, 2014
A misspelling of tanuki. In America, and rest of the Anglophone world this is most likely due to the mistranslation in the video game Super Mario Brothers 3. The mistranslation may also have been intentional as it is easier for the English speaker to verbalise without a working knowledge of the Japanese langauge and pronunciation system.
Japenese person: what the heck is a Tanooki?
by Absolutely_Insane September 23, 2007
A god like creature capable of creating life and giving death.
Look, it's a tanooki!
by sonicsnake10 January 29, 2003

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