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macaque

[muh-kak, -kahk]
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noun
  1. any monkey of the genus Macaca, chiefly of Asia, characterized by cheek pouches and, usually, a short tail: several species are threatened or endangered.

Origin of macaque

1690–1700; < French < Portuguese macaco monkey. See macaco
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macaque

noun
  1. any of various Old World monkeys of the genus Macaca, inhabiting wooded or rocky regions of Asia and Africa. Typically the tail is short or absent and cheek pouches are present

Word Origin

C17: from French, from Portuguese macaco, from Fiot (a W African language) makaku, from kaku monkey
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Word Origin and History for macaque

n.

East Indian monkey, 1757, from French macaque, from Portuguese macaco "monkey," a Bantu word brought from Africa to Brazil (where it was applied 17c. to a type of monkey there). Introduced as a genus name 1840.

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