kinkajous

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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