- 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
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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)
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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