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potto

[pot-oh] /ˈpɒt oʊ/
noun, plural pottos.
1.
any of several lorislike, African lemurs of the genera Perodicticus and Arctocebus, especially P. potto, having a short tail and vestigial index fingers.
2.
the kinkajou.
Origin of potto
1695-1705
1695-1705; < Dutch, said to be < Wolof pata tailless monkey
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British Dictionary definitions for potto

potto

/ˈpɒtəʊ/
noun (pl) -tos
1.
a short-tailed prosimian primate, Perodicticus potto, having vertebral spines protruding through the skin in the neck region, native to tropical forests in West and Central Africa: family Lorisidae
2.
golden potto, another name for angwantibo
3.
another name for kinkajou
Word Origin
C18: of West African origin; compare Wolof pata type of tail-less monkey
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