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douroucouli

[doo r-uh-koo-lee]
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noun
  1. a small, nocturnal South American monkey of the genus Aotus, having large, owllike eyes: in danger of extinction.
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Also dou·ri·cou·li [doo r-i-koo-lee] /ˌdʊər ɪˈku li/.

Origin of douroucouli

From French; recorded by A. von Humboldt as the animal's name in the language of a Río Negro tribe (S Venezuela)
Also called night monkey, owl monkey.
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Historical Examples

  • These are Nyctipitheci, or night apes, which the Indians call ei-a, and are named also Douroucouli.

    The Western World

    W.H.G. Kingston


British Dictionary definitions for douroucouli

douroucouli

noun
  1. a nocturnal omnivorous New World monkey, Aotus trivirgatus, of Central and South America, with large eyes, thick fur, and a round head with pale and dark markings
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Word Origin

from a South American Indian name
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