[muh-kah-koh, -key-]

noun, plural ma·ca·cos.

any of several lemurs, as Lemur macaco.
Obsolete. macaque.

Origin of macaco

1685–95; < Portuguese: monkey, presumably < a Bantu language of the Atlantic coast; compare Lingala makako ape Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for macaco

Contemporary Examples of macaco

Historical Examples of macaco

  • The Macaco apes constitute another genus, which forms the link between the guenons and the baboons, or dog-headed monkeys.

  • Another kind of bot known as the Macaco worm (Cuterebra noxialis) occasionally attacks man, but more frequently cattle and dogs.


    T. Spencer Cobbold

British Dictionary definitions for macaco


noun plural -cos

any of various lemurs, esp Lemur macaco, the males of which are usually black and the females brown

Word Origin for macaco

C18: from French mococo, of unknown origin
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