Definition of kinkajou in English:


Syllabification: kin·ka·jou
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
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    • 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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