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potto

[ pot-oh ]

noun

, plural pot·tos.
  1. a small arboreal mammal, Perodictus potto, in the loris family, similar in appearance and behavior to the kinkajou and olingo: classified as the sole species in its genus, but its subspecies are significantly varied.


potto

/ ˈpɒtəʊ /

noun

  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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of potto1

First recorded in 1760–70; from a Niger-Congo language, perhaps Wolof pata “tailless monkey,” or Twi apɔsɔ “fierce monkeylike animal”
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Word History and Origins

Origin of potto1

C18: of West African origin; compare Wolof pata type of tail-less monkey
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Example Sentences

The other boys, when they could do so without being seen by Potto Jumbo, amused themselves by ridiculing and teasing Oliver.

Throwing off my jacket, before Potto Jumbo could cry out, or any one else attempt to stop me, I was overboard.

A shout of applause from Potto Jumbo reached us, and in another minute he and Merlin got up to the life-buoy.

Having thus delivered himself, Potto drew his head in within his den.

Potto Jumbo especially was heartily amused, and lay back on the grass shaking his sides with laughter.

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