One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A small, slow-moving, nocturnal primate with a short tail, living in dense vegetation in the tropical forests of Africa.
Perodicticus potto, family Lorisidae, suborder Prosimii
- ‘Furthermore, Pottos have areas for blood storage in their hands and feet.’
- ‘He nominates the potto - a loris from western and central Africa - as an example.’
- ‘The other small primates like bush babies are pottos.’
Early 18th century: perhaps from Guinea dialect.
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