Meaning of Potamogale in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpɒtəməˈɡeɪli/ /ˌpɒtəˈmɒɡəli/


  • A monotypic genus of semiaquatic mammals of the family Tenrecidae (order Insectivora), containing only the giant otter shrew, Potamogale velox, which is native to the tropical rainforest of central Africa and feeds mainly on aquatic crustaceans and insects; (also † potamogale) an animal of this genus, a giant otter shrew.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Paul Belloni Du Chaillu (1835–1903). From scientific Latin Potamogale from ancient Greek ποταμός river + γαλῆ weasel, after scientific Latin Cynogale, genus name of the otter civet.