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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]
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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|Noun||1.||kinkajou - arboreal fruit-eating mammal of tropical America with a long prehensile tail|
procyonid - plantigrade carnivorous mammals
|2.||kinkajou - a kind of lemur |
lemur - large-eyed arboreal prosimian having foxy faces and long furry tails