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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]
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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.
This relatively high temporal mortality may be the result of dispersal activity since these two species are strongly arboreal, particularly the Kinkajou (Reid, 1997; Wainwright, 2007).
It's part of a wider Kinkajou Pop Up Jazz Cafe event organised by Liverpool's Anti Social Jazz Club, running in the Buyers Club from Thursday, November 2, to Sunday, November 5.
Cuvier, Andean bear I 1825) PROCYONIDAE Potos flavus (Schreber, 1774) Kinkajou III OTARIDAE Arctocephalus australis (Zimmermann, South American II 1783) fur seal Arctocephalus philippii (Peters, 1866) Juan Fernandez II fur seal IUCN Species 2012 Population trend FELIDAE Leopardus colocolo (Molina, 1782) NT De Puma concolor (Linnaeus, 1771) De Leopardus pardalis (Linnaeus, 1758) De Panthera onca (Linnaeus, 1758) NT De Puma yagouaroundi (E.
The humid rainforests and cooler cloud forests in Central America are also home to creatures such as the anteater, Baird's tapir, kinkajou and various lizards.
Species found in Brazil are widely distributed in the country's territory, and the main representatives are the coati (Nasua nasua Linnaeus, 1766), crab-eating raccoon (Procyon cancrivorus Cuvier, 1798), and kinkajou (Potos flavus Schreber, 1774) (EISENBERG & REDFORD, 1999).
Bottle cutters had been around since the 1970s, but Lehoux believed his design, which he eventually called the kinkajou, simplified the process to make bottle cutting an accessible pastime for anyone.
There's also a nocturnal area where you can see bats, kinkajou and the amazing leafcutter ants.
Globally, many common names of mammals (as designated by the Oxford English Dictionary) have originated either from first nations, for example pika (Siberia), yak (Tibet), pangolin and orang-utan (Malaya), cheetah (Hindu), zebra and chimpanzee (Congo), tenrec (Madagascar), skunk and kinkajou (North America), puma, tapir and coypu (South America), and kangaroo (north-east Australia), or from their European conquerors, for example sheep (Anglo-Saxon), springbok (Cape Dutch), armadillo (Spanish) and hippopotamus (Greek).
potus has been isolated as the causative agent of a wound infection from a bite from a kinkajou, a South American mammal (19).
Mr Lavell, visiting schools as part of natural history service, also showed pupils a garter snake, a red tarantula and a kinkajou, a bear/monkey-ike animal from South America.