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[oh-ling-goh] /oʊˈlɪŋ goʊ/
noun, plural olingos.
any raccoonlike, nocturnal, fruit-eating mammal of the genus Bassaricyon, inhabiting tropical jungles from Nicaragua to Peru and Bolivia and having large eyes and a long, ringed tail.
1915-20; of unexplained orig. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
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(Bassaricyon), any of about four species of small arboreal carnivores of the raccoon family, Procyonidae, found in the jungles of Central and northern South America. Olingos are slender, grayish-brown animals 35-50 centimetres (14-20 inches) long, excluding the bushy, faintly ringed tail, which accounts for an additional 40-50 cm. They have soft fur, pointed muzzles, and rounded ears. They resemble kinkajous but are less stocky and have narrower snouts and longer-haired, nonprehensile tails. Olingos are nocturnal, often travel in small groups, and feed primarily on fruit. Little else is known of their habits

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Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
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