a nocturnal, tree-dwelling carnivore (Potos flavus) of Central and South America of the same family (Procyonidae) as the raccoon, with
soft, yellowish-brown fur, large eyes, and a long prehensile tail
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Word origin of 'kinkajou'
Fr, earlier quincajou,
(properly, wolverine, misapplied by Buffon
) < a crossing of Ojibwa gwiinwaʾaage
& Montagnais kwaahkwaacheew
: see carcajou