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kinkajou

[ king-kuh-joo ]
/ ˈkɪŋ kəˌdʒu /
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noun

a small, brownish, arboreal mammal, Potos flavus, of Central and South American rainforests, having a prehensile tail and extrudable tongue, related to raccoons and coatis: although kinkajous are sometimes mistaken for similarly featured ferrets, they are not related.

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Also called honey bear .

Origin of kinkajou

First recorded in 1790–1800; from French: literally, “wolverine” (misapplied by Buffon to Potos flavus), earlier Canadian French quincajou, perhaps a conflation of carcajou with Ojibwa kwi˙nkwaʔa˙ke˙ a cognate word; cf. carcajou
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British Dictionary definitions for kinkajou

kinkajou
/ (ˈkɪŋkəˌdʒuː) /

noun

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

C18: from French quincajou, from Algonquian; related to Ojibwa gwĭngwâage wolverine
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