pot·​to | \ ˈpä-(ˌ)tō How to pronounce potto (audio) \
plural pottos

Definition of potto

: any of several African primates (genera Arctocebus and Perodicticus) especially : a nocturnal slow-moving arboreal primate (P. potto) with woolly brownish fur and a vestigial index finger

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Recent Examples on the Web Each student took home a salmon cake and some sweet potto wedges to share with their family. Philly.com, "Salmon cakes good, sweet potato wedges missing something," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of potto

1763, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for potto

perhaps from Wolof pata, a tailless monkey

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“Potto.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/potto. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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