Definition of olinguito in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɒlɪŋˈɡiːtəʊ/

noun (plural olinguitos)

A small nocturnal tree-dwelling mammal living in cloud forests of Colombia and Ecuador. First described in 2013, it is the smallest member of the raccoon family.

Bassaricyon neblina, family Procyonidae

Example sentences
  • A decade ago, Helgen and his team began the search for the olinguito and their journey took them to South America.
  • The olinguito is mostly active at night, eats fruit as well as meat, rarely leaves the trees, and has one offspring at a time.
  • At least one olinguito from Colombia was exhibited in several US zoos during the 1960s and 1970s, the researchers said.


Early 21st century: diminutive of olingo.

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