- a brownish, arboreal mammal, Potos flavus, of Central and South America, having a prehensile tail, related to the raccoon and coati.
Origin of kinkajou
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The Kinkajou (Cercoleptes caudivolvulus) of Demerara belongs to this family.Natural History in Anecdote
This disposition of the generative parts is still further modified in a few animals, such as the Rat and the Kinkajou.The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia
Frank Evers Beddard
They much resemble the kinkajou in external appearance, but the skull and teeth are more like those of Procyon and Nasua.
It is also known as the aswail and the honey-bear, the last name being also given to the Malay bear and the 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 for kinkajou
1796, from French (1670s), from an Algonquian word.