- any of several lorislike, African lemurs of the genera Perodicticus and Arctocebus, especially P. potto, having a short tail and vestigial index fingers.
- the kinkajou.
Origin of potto
1695–1705; < Dutch, said to be < Wolof pata tailless monkey
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Examples from the Web for potto
Historical Examples of potto
He tink too he count on Potto Jumbo, but he make one big mistake.
The only person who seemed to enjoy himself thoroughly was Potto Jumbo.
He and Potto Jumbo could not abide each other, so it seemed.
I had an idea, indeed, that there was more in Potto Jumbo than appeared.
I had not forgotten either the remarks Potto Jumbo had made about the Lascars.
British Dictionary definitions for potto
- 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
- golden potto another name for angwantibo
- another name for kinkajou
Word Origin for potto
C18: of West African origin; compare Wolof pata type of tail-less monkey
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