- 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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- 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 titis
1832, from native name in Tupi.
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