kinkajou

noun
kin·​ka·​jou | \ ˈkiŋ-kə-ˌjü How to pronounce kinkajou (audio) \

Definition of kinkajou

: a nocturnal arboreal omnivorous mammal (Potos flavus) found from Mexico to South America that is related to the raccoon and has a long prehensile tail, large eyes, and yellowish brown fur

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Hike through a dense green woodland dotted with bubbling mud pots, and keep an eye out for exotic and rare wildlife, including monkeys, sloths, emerald toucanets, and the curious kinkajou. National Geographic, "Wild Costa Rica Escape: Guanacaste’s Coral Reefs and Volcanic Peaks," 17 June 2019

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First Known Use of kinkajou

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kinkajou

French, alteration of quincajou wolverine, of Algonquian origin; akin to Ojibwa kwi·nkwaʔa·ke· wolverine

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