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potto

[pot-oh]
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noun, plural pot·tos.
  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.
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Origin of potto

1695–1705; < Dutch, said to be < Wolof pata tailless monkey
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Historical Examples

  • He tink too he count on Potto Jumbo, but he make one big mistake.

    In the Eastern Seas

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • The only person who seemed to enjoy himself thoroughly was Potto Jumbo.

    In the Eastern Seas

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • He and Potto Jumbo could not abide each other, so it seemed.

    In the Eastern Seas

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • I had an idea, indeed, that there was more in Potto Jumbo than appeared.

    In the Eastern Seas

    W.H.G. Kingston

  • I had not forgotten either the remarks Potto Jumbo had made about the Lascars.

    In the Eastern Seas

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for potto

potto

noun plural -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
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Word Origin

C18: of West African origin; compare Wolof pata type of tail-less monkey
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