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/ ˈpɒt oʊ /
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noun, plural pot·tos.

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.



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Origin of potto

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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British Dictionary definitions for potto

/ (ˈpɒtəʊ) /

noun plural -tos

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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