[ 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.

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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/ (ˈpɒtəʊ) /

nounplural -tos
  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

  1. another name for kinkajou

Origin of potto

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

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