Definition of potto in English:


Syllabification: pot·to
Pronunciation: /ˈpätō
(also potto gibbon)

noun (plural pottos)

  • A small, slow-moving, nocturnal primate with a short tail, living in dense vegetation in the tropical forests of Africa.
    • Perodicticus potto, family Lorisidae, suborder Prosimii
    More example sentences
    • He nominates the potto - a loris from western and central Africa - as an example.
    • The other small primates like bush babies are pottos.
    • Furthermore, Pottos have areas for blood storage in their hands and feet.


early 18th century: perhaps from Guinea dialect.

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