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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.]
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(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]
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(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
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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.
13 other interactive animal workshops and backstage explorer tours, including a fun-packed moment with the adorable kinkajou and the extraordinary steppe eagle, as well as exclusive tours to the back-of-house facilities at The Grand Aquarium and Shark Mystique will also be staged during the festival.
On the myology of the limbs of the kinkajou (Cercoleptes caudivolvulus).
What Xenothrix may have looked like has been greatly debated, with suggestions that it looked like a kinkajou (Potos) or a night monkey (Aotus).
Discover one of the world's largest freshwater fish, the arapaima, and the wide-eyed kinkajou. More of the world's most astounding animals lurk beneath the leaves, like the pygmy marmoset and the capybara, whose incredible adaptations to their habitats make them interesting to learn about and crucial to protect.
The exotic animals exhibit will include a chinchilla, a domestic skunk, a tortoise, a tarantula, a parrot, a fennec fox, lizards, a coatimundi (a member of the raccoon family) and a kinkajou, Felkamp said.
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).