- 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
The only person who seemed to enjoy himself thoroughly was Potto Jumbo.
He tink too he count on Potto Jumbo, but he make one big mistake.
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.
C18: of West African origin; compare Wolof pata type of tail-less monkey
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