potto

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Etymology[edit]

From a West African language; compare Akan apɔsɔ.

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potto (plural pottos)

  1. A small primate, Perodicticus potto, native to the tropical rainforests of Africa. [from 18th c.]
    • 1982, TC Boyle, Water Music, Penguin 2006, p. 147:
      The forest hangs round them like a theater curtain, mist rising from the water, half-drowned things – jackals, monkeys, pottos, bushpigs – wading along with them, looking dazed and bearish.
  2. (now rare) The kinkajou. [from 18th c.]