- any of various small reddish or grayish monkeys of the genus Callicebus, of South America.
Origin of titi1
1820–30, Americanism; < American Spanish
- a shrub or small tree of the southern U.S., Cliftonia monophylla (black titi), having glossy leaves and elongated clusters of fragrant white flowers.
Origin of titi2
First recorded in 1820–30; origin uncertain
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But with all there was a mixture of regret when they thought of the fate of little “titi.”The Forest Exiles
During the night Piatte and Titi were marched into the place.
Fortunately, the Captain had disappeared, and Titi soon came to my relief.
She was Titi's charger, and he alone was able to manage her, so I sent a trooper to call him to help me.
So saying, he took a long pull at the flask which Titi had handed over to him.
- any of several small omnivorous New World monkeys of the genus Callicebus, of South America, having long beautifully coloured fur and a long nonprehensile tail
via Spanish from Aymaran, literally: little cat
- any of various evergreen shrubs or small trees of the family Cyrillaceae of the southern US, esp the leatherwood and Cliftonia monophylla, which has white or pinkish fragrant flowers
C19: of American Indian origin
- NZ the sooty shearwater, Puffinus griseusSee muttonbird (def. 1)
Māori, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for titi
1832, from native name in Tupi.
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