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[muh-kah-koh, -key-] /məˈkɑ koʊ, -ˈkeɪ-/
noun, plural macacos.
any of several lemurs, as Lemur macaco.
Obsolete. macaque.
Origin of macaco
1685-95; < Portuguese: monkey, presumably < a Bantu language of the Atlantic coast; compare Lingala makako ape Unabridged
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  • The macaco apes constitute another genus, which forms the link between the guenons and the baboons, or dog-headed monkeys.

  • Another kind of bot known as the macaco worm (Cuterebra noxialis) occasionally attacks man, but more frequently cattle and dogs.

    Parasites T. Spencer Cobbold
British Dictionary definitions for macaco


/məˈkɑːkəʊ; -ˈkeɪ-/
noun (pl) -cos
any of various lemurs, esp Lemur macaco, the males of which are usually black and the females brown
Word Origin
C18: from French mococo, of unknown origin
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