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macaco

[muh-kah-koh, -key-]
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noun, plural ma·ca·cos.
  1. any of several lemurs, as Lemur macaco.
  2. Obsolete. macaque.

Origin of macaco

1685–95; < Portuguese: monkey, presumably < a Bantu language of the Atlantic coast; compare Lingala makako ape
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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.

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    T. Spencer Cobbold


British Dictionary definitions for macaco

macaco

noun plural -cos
  1. 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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