Definition of kinkajou in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkiNGkəˌjo͞o/


An arboreal nocturnal fruit-eating mammal with a prehensile tail and a long tongue, found in the tropical forests of Central and South America.
  • Potos flavus, family Procyonidae.
Example sentences
  • A large contingent of coatamundis (raccoon-like animals) patrolled the rear arena of the tower hoping for kitchen scraps, and every evening the staff attracted a kinkajou with a banana placed at eye-level spot for our pleased viewing.
  • Resembling a cross between a young bear and a monkey the kinkajou is rarely ever seen on the ground.
  • In fact, the combination of traits embodied in the kinkajou make it a rare meal for any predator.


Late 18th century: from French quincajou, alteration of carcajou.

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Syllabification: kin·ka·jou

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