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An arboreal mammal (Potos flavus) of Central and South America, having brownish fur and a long, prehensile tail. Also called honey bear.

[French, from earlier Canadian French quincajou, wolverine (the kinkajou being confused with the wolverine in early European descriptions of the animals ), probably blend of Ojibwa gwiingwa'aage and Montagnais kuàkuàtsheu, wolverine.]


(Animals) Also called: honey bear or potto an arboreal fruit-eating mammal, Potos flavus, of Central and South America, with a long prehensile tail: family Procyonidae (raccoons) order Carnivora (carnivores)
[C18: from French quincajou, from Algonquian; related to Ojibwa gwĭngwâage wolverine]


(ˈkɪŋ kəˌdʒu)

n., pl. -jous.
a brownish arboreal mammal, Potos flavus, of the raccoon family, of tropical America, having a prehensile tail.
[1790–1800; < French: wolverine (misapplied by Buffon to Potos flavus), earlier quincajou, appar. a conflation of carcajou with Ojibwa kwi·nkwaˀa·ke· a cognate word]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.kinkajou - arboreal fruit-eating mammal of tropical America with a long prehensile tailkinkajou - arboreal fruit-eating mammal of tropical America with a long prehensile tail
procyonid - plantigrade carnivorous mammals
genus Potos, Potos - a genus of Procyonidae
2.kinkajou - a kind of lemurkinkajou - a kind of lemur      
lemur - large-eyed arboreal prosimian having foxy faces and long furry tails
genus Perodicticus, Perodicticus - a genus of Lorisidae
References in classic literature ?
Some few species alone have passed the barrier, and may be considered as wanderers from the south, such as the puma, opossum, kinkajou, and peccari.
Cuvier says the kinkajou is found in the larger Antilles, but this is doubtful.
Chaa Creek runs night hikes around the lodge's huge grounds - spot furry kinkajous (small mammals), common opossums and spiders, including the amazing Mexican red rump tarantula.
In our study half (8) of the Northern Tamanduas (Tamandua mexicana) and the four Kinkajous (Potos flavus) recorded in the surveys were killed in the peaks between November and January.
Radio-tracking observations on ranging and foraging patterns by kinkajous (Potos flavus) in French Guiana.
Domestic dogs, other wildlife species (e.g., skunks, bears), and some exotic pets (e.g., kinkajous) are hosts for Baylisascaris spp.
The Evolutionary History and Genetic Diversity of Kinkajous, Potos flavus (Carnivora, Procyonidae).
In addition to raccoons, other species of animals, such as kinkajous (9) and skunks that might be kept as pets can serve as Baylisascaris hosts and shed eggs in their feces.
Species found in the area include keelbilled motmots (a bird species found in Central America and Southern Mexico), kinkajous, jaguars, jaguarundis, king vultures, margays, ocelots, ocellated turkeys, Yucatan spider monkeys, and Baird's tapirs.
ADI President Jan Creamer said: "The gruelling 15-hour relocation operation began at 2am and we raced against a tight schedule to catch and load the monkeys, coatis and kinkajous into their travel crates.