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n. pl. pot·tos
Any of several small nocturnal insect-eating African primates of the genera Perodicticus and Arctocebus, having a pointed snout, large eyes and ears, a stumplike index finger, and a very short tail.

[Of Niger-Congo origin; perhaps akin to Wolof pata, a tailless monkey, or Akan (Twi) apɔsɔ, a fierce monkeylike animal.]


n, pl -tos
1. (Animals) 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. (Animals) golden potto another name for angwantibo
3. (Animals) another name for kinkajou
[C18: of West African origin; compare Wolof pata type of tail-less monkey]


(ˈpɒt oʊ)

n., pl. -tos.
1. any of several lorislike African prosimians of the genus Perodicticus, esp. P. potto, having a short tail and vestigial index fingers.
[1695–1705; < Dutch, said to be < Wolof pata tailless monkey]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.potto - arboreal fruit-eating mammal of tropical America with a long prehensile tailpotto - arboreal fruit-eating mammal of tropical America with a long prehensile tail
procyonid - plantigrade carnivorous mammals
genus Potos, Potos - a genus of Procyonidae
2.potto - a kind of lemurpotto - a kind of lemur      
lemur - large-eyed arboreal prosimian having foxy faces and long furry tails
genus Perodicticus, Perodicticus - a genus of Lorisidae