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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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  • 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
  • potto, who had placed his burden on a secure part of the rock, joined us.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • potto sprang forward, and caught it just as it was reaching the water.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • “I suppose he good for dinner,” observed potto Jumbo, surveying him.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • potto Jumbo then set off to join Mr Hooker and the boatswain.

    In the Eastern Seas W.H.G. Kingston
  • The missing forefinger to the hand of the potto would appear at first sight to have been lost by some such mishap.

    Evolution, Old & New Samuel Butler
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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