American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An arboreal mammal (Potos flavus) of Central and South America, having brownish fur and a long, prehensile tail. Also called honey bear.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A procyoniform quadruped of Central and South America, Cercoleptes caudivolvulus, family Cercoleptidæ, series Arctoidea proeyoniformia of the order Feræ or Carnivora. It is about as large as a cat, with a long, tapering, prehensile tail, short limbs, low ears, broad rounded head, slender body, and narrow protrusile tongue; it is of a pale yellowish-brown color and arboreal nocturnal habits. The animal resembles a lemur in some respects, but is most nearly related to the racoon. It feeds upon fruit, insects, and birds, and is easily tamed. It is also called American potto, guchumbi, manaviri, honey-bear, yellow macaco, yellow lemur, and Mexican weasel. See
- n. A carnivorous mammal of Central America and South America with a long, prehensile tail, related to the raccoon.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.) A nocturnal carnivorous mammal (Cercoleptes caudivolvulus) of South America, about as large as a full-grown cat. It has a prehensile tail and lives in trees. It is the only representative of a distinct family (
Cercoleptidæ) allied to the raccoons. Called also potto, and honey bear.
- n. a kind of lemur
- n. arboreal fruit-eating mammal of tropical America with a long prehensile tail
- From French quincajou, from an Algonquian) word, probably originally meaning ‘wolverine’ (compare Algonquin Kwingwaage, Ojibwe gwiingwa'aage ("wolverine")), which was later transferred to the South American animal. Related to carcajou. (Wiktionary)
- French quincajou, wolverine, probably blend of Ojibwa gwiingwa'aage and Montagnais kuàkuàtsheu. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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