Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several small nocturnal insect-eating African primates of the genera Perodicticus and Arctocebus, having a pointed snout, large eyes and ears, a stumplike index finger, and a very short tail.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A small West African lemuroid quadruped, Perodicticus potto. See Perodicticus.
  • noun The kinkajou, Cercoleptes caudivolvulus. See cut under kinkajou.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A nocturnal mammal (Perodictius potto) of the Lemur family, found in West Africa. It has rudimentary forefingers. Called also aposoro, and bush dog.
  • noun The kinkajou.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small primate, of the subfamily Perodictictinae, from the tropical rainforests of Africa.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun arboreal fruit-eating mammal of tropical America with a long prehensile tail
  • noun a kind of lemur

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Of Niger-Congo origin; perhaps akin to Wolof pata, a tailless monkey, or Akan (Twi) apɔsɔ, a fierce monkeylike animal.]

Examples

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  • "'What is a potto?'

    'It is a little furry creature that sleeps all day curled up in a ball with its head between its legs and then walks about very, very slowly all night, high in the trees, slowly eating leaves and creeping up on birds as they roost and eating them too. It has immense eyes, which is but reasonable. Some call it the sluggard; some the slow lemur; some the sloth, but quite erroneously, for the two have nothing in common but their modest demeanour, their inoffensive lives....'"

    --P. O'Brian, The Commodore, 209

    another usage note on plantain-eater.

    March 18, 2008

  • For images, click here and here.

    See also awantibo or agwantibo.

    March 18, 2008

  • Another animal deemed "inoffensive", though this time it's by Patrick O'Brian, and not by Weirdnet.

    ImageSearch has way too many images of skulls and sweaty singers, and not nearly enough cute foxy faces, so c_b's image links are particularly welcome.

    April 15, 2009

  • See also user perodicticus (lowercase, alas).

    April 15, 2009

  • What's with the weird Colonel Sanders manga on image search? KFP?

    April 15, 2009

  • Or, for that matter, what's with this image that I get on this page as a google_ad. Some kind of hideous Norwegian contraption; but for what exactly? Holding people down while they are forced to listen to their handlers read "Hunger"? Or some more devious porpoise still?

    scary norwegian device

    April 15, 2009

  • Whatever it is, it's impressive. I'm guessing it's medical as it has a box-that-goes-ping on the the left side.

    April 15, 2009

  • You mean the ad-links that say "2 Rules Lost Me 30 Pounds," "Care Free Palm Trees," and "Christian Mom Makes $5K/M"?

    April 15, 2009