Definition of Kinkajou

1. Noun. Arboreal fruit-eating mammal of tropical America with a long prehensile tail.

Exact synonyms: Honey Bear, Potos Caudivolvulus, Potos Flavus, Potto
Generic synonyms: Procyonid
Group relationships: Genus Potos, Potos



2. Noun. A kind of lemur.
Exact synonyms: Perodicticus Potto, Potto
Generic synonyms: Lemur
Group relationships: Genus Perodicticus, Perodicticus

Definition of Kinkajou

1. n. A nocturnal carnivorous mammal (Cercoleptes caudivolvulus) of South America, about as large as a full-grown cat. It has a prehensile tail and lives in trees. It is the only representative of a distinct family (Cercoleptidæ) allied to the raccoons. Called also potto, and honey bear.

Definition of Kinkajou

1. Noun. A carnivorous mammal of Central America and South America with a long, prehensile tail, related to the raccoon. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Kinkajou

1. an arboreal mammal [n -S]

Medical Definition of Kinkajou

1. A nocturnal carnivorous mammal (Cercoleptes caudivolvulus) of South America, about as large as a full-grown cat. It has a prehensile tail and lives in trees. It is the only representative of a distinct family (Cercoleptidae) allied to the raccoons. Synonym: potto, and honey bear. Origin: F. Kinkajou, quincajou, from the native American name. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Kinkajou

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1. The Youth's Companion, Or, An Historical Dictionary: Consisting of Articles by Ezra Sampson (1813)
"kinkajou, an American animal resembling a cat, and about as large, but better formed for agility and speed than for strength. His tail gradually tapers to ..."

2. The Youth's Companion, Or, An Historical Dictionary: Consisting of Articles by Ezra Sampson (1816)
"kinkajou, an American animal resembling a cat, and about as large, but better formed for agility and speed than for strength. His tail gradually tapers to ..."

3. The Century Dictionary: An Encyclopedic Lexicon of the English Language by William Dwight Whitney (1890)
"The so-called yellow lemur or kinkajou, ... See cut under kinkajou. macaco-worm (ma-kä'kö-werm), n. The larva of a dipterous insect of South America, ..."

4. Animal Memoirs by Samuel Lockwood (1888)
"COUSIN THREE, THE kinkajou. T is an interesting fact that in a direct line one ... So, then, kinkajou and Coati-Mondi come honestly by their monkey-tricks, ..."

5. Sketches in Natural History: History of the Mammalia by Charles Knight (1849)
"The kinkajou is a native of Southern and Intertropical America, where it appears to be extensively spread, and is known under different appellations. ..."

6. My Colonial Service in British Guiana, St. Lucia, Trinidad, Fiji, Australia by George William Des Vœux (1903)
"... tiger—Night sounds of the forest—The kinkajou—Appalling roar of howling monkey—The ... kinkajou ..."

7. Mammalia: Their Various Orders and Habits Popularly Illustrated by Typical by Louis Figuier, Guillaume Louis Figuier (1870)
"Crabs and other shell-fish, as may be imagined from ita name, are its principal support. It is slimmer and more active than the former. The kinkajou ..."

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