[ma-goh, mah-, mag-uh t]
- Barbary ape.
- a small, grotesque Japanese or Chinese carved figure.
Origin of magot
1600–10; < French, Middle French, alteration of Magog, a people seduced by Satan in Rev. 20:8 (cf. Magog); used figuratively in non-Christian medieval legends, and probably applied derisively to the apes in allusion to their supposed grotesqueness
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Examples from the Web for magot
I wonder at thee, Magot, and have done so many times,—thou hast such a strange power of winning folks to thy will.Earl Hubert's Daughter
Emily Sarah Holt
Now, through Watteau, the magot makes its entrance into French art.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4)
The magot, which is a very common animal in Upper Egypt, as well as in Barbary, was known to the ancients.
The orang-outang, and the gibbon, are very different from the pithecos and the magot.
The magot has no tail, though he has a small portion of skin, which has some appearance of one.
- a Chinese or Japanese figurine in a crouching position, usually grotesque
- a less common name for Barbary ape
C17: from French: grotesque figure, after the Biblical giant Magog
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