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squirrel monkey

either of two small, long-tailed monkeys, Saimiri oerstedii of Central America and S. sciureus of South America, having a small white face with black muzzle and gold, brown, or greenish fur: S. oerstedii is endangered.
Origin of squirrel monkey
First recorded in 1765-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was a beautiful little creature—a true saimiri, or squirrel monkey, called the “titi.”

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for squirrel monkey

squirrel monkey

a small New World monkey, Saimiri sciureus, of N South American forests, having a yellowish-green coat and orange feet and limbs
red-backed squirrel monkey, a related species, Saimiri oerstedi, of Central America, having a reddish coat and dark brown limbs
Word Origin
C18: so called because it is small and tree-dwelling
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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