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[king-kuh-joo] /ˈkɪŋ kəˌdʒu/
a brownish, arboreal mammal, Potos flavus, of Central and South America, having a prehensile tail, related to the raccoon and coati.
Origin of kinkajou
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 Unabridged
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for kinkajou


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

1796, from French (1670s), from an Algonquian word.

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