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noun, plural ti·tis.
  1. any of various small reddish or grayish monkeys of the genus Callicebus, of South America.

Origin of titi1

1820–30, Americanism; < American Spanish


[tee-tee, tahy-tahy]
noun, plural ti·tis.
  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for titis


noun plural -tis
  1. 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

Word Origin

via Spanish from Aymaran, literally: little cat


noun plural -tis
  1. 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

Word Origin

C19: of American Indian origin


noun plural titi
  1. NZ the sooty shearwater, Puffinus griseusSee muttonbird (def. 1)

Word Origin

Māori, of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for titis


1832, from native name in Tupi.

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