kinkajou

[king-kuh-joo]
noun
a brownish, arboreal mammal, Potos flavus, of Central and South America, having a prehensile tail, related to the raccoon and coati.

Origin:
1790–1800; < French: wolverine (misapplied by Buffon to Potos flavus), earlier quincajou, perhaps a conflation of carcajou carcajou with Ojibwa kwi˙nkwaʔa˙ke˙ a cognate word

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kinkajou (ˈkɪŋkəˌdʒuː)
 
n
honey bear, Also called: potto an arboreal fruit-eating mammal, Potos flavus, of Central and South America, with a long prehensile tail: family Procyonidae (raccoons) order Carnivora (carnivores)
 
[C18: from French quincajou, from Algonquian; related to Ojibwa gwĭngwâage wolverine]

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kinkajou

an unusual member of the raccoon family (see procyonid) distinguished by its long, prehensile tail, short muzzle, and low-set, rounded ears. Native to Central America and parts of South America, the kinkajou is an agile denizen of the upper canopy of tropical forests.

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What goes in must come out-the dissected contents of a kinkajou scat reveal it to be a fruit-eater specializing in wild figs.
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