Definition of potto in English:


Pronunciation /ˈpädō/ /ˈpɑdoʊ/


  • 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

    ‘He nominates the potto - a loris from western and central Africa - as an example.’
    • ‘The other small primates like bush babies are pottos.’
    • ‘Furthermore, Pottos have areas for blood storage in their hands and feet.’


Early 18th century perhaps from Guinea dialect.