noun kin·ka·jou \ˈkiŋ-kə-ˌjü\

Definition of kinkajou

  1. :  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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Origin and Etymology of kinkajou

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

First Known Use: 1796

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