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douroucouli

[doo r-uh-koo-lee] /ˌdʊər əˈku li/
noun
1.
a small, nocturnal South American monkey of the genus Aotus, having large, owllike eyes: in danger of extinction.
Also, douricouli
[doo r-i-koo-lee] /ˌdʊər ɪˈku li/ (Show IPA)
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Also called night monkey, owl monkey.
Origin of douroucouli
From French; recorded by A. von Humboldt as the animal's name in the language of a Río Negro tribe (S Venezuela)
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  • These are Nyctipitheci, or night apes, which the Indians call ei-a, and are named also douroucouli.

    The Western World W.H.G. Kingston
British Dictionary definitions for douroucouli

douroucouli

/ˌduːruːˈkuːlɪ/
noun
1.
a nocturnal omnivorous New World monkey, Aotus trivirgatus, of Central and South America, with large eyes, thick fur, and a round head with pale and dark markings
Word Origin
from a South American Indian name
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