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.
kinkajou (plural kinkajous)
- Potos flavus, a carnivorous mammal of Central America and South America with a long, prehensile tail, related to the raccoon.
- quincajou (obsolete)
kinkajou m (plural kinkajous)